Gass Complex, Desert National Wildlife Refuge, NV

Desert National Wildlife Refuge - July 6, 2006

A fire that started after a lightning strike on Friday, June 30th was reported to have burned 40,183 acres on July 6th. The Gass Complex (comprised of the Gass, Vegas, Sawmill, Warm and Wump fires) is located about 20 miles NNE of Las Vegas and is burning in grass, brush, and pinyon-juniper fuels. Containment is at 60% and is expected to be at 100% by July 7th. Structures at risk in the area include power generation plants and power lines to Las Vegas. Other natural or cultural resources potentially threatened include critical Desert Bighorn and Desert Tortoise habitat, wildlife water catchments, and historic structures. Steep, rocky terrain and lack of access are hampering containment efforts. Single tree torching was observed on a portion of the Gass fire. Increase in acreage is due to the addition of several fires into the complex. A Type 2 Incident Management Team Saleen is assigned. Operational resources include: 13 crews, 5 engines, and one helicopter.

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