Rush Fire Still Burning; Crews Focus on Nevada Side

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email
Photo courtesy of Phil Perkins

Photo courtesy of Phil Perkins

SUSANVILLE, Calif.,--The Rush fire is now essentially a 43,000-acre fire that’s half in California and half in Nevada. That’s how much of the 320,793-acre blaze is still active.

Firefighters today will focus on that northeast part of the fire, and will work to keep the fire out of the canyon of the Middle Fork of Buffalo Creek, in Nevada.

Today two things will favor firefighters: winds will be the lightest expected over the next few days, and sparse vegetation, with areas of lava rock, is providing much less “fuel” for the fire.

Today, around 300 firefighters end their day in a new camp at Burnt Lake. This will put firefighters much closer to the active part of the fire for what they hope will be the last days of the Rush fire. The “spike” camp at Thunder Mountain near Ravendale will be closed.

The main fire camp, at the Lassen County Fairgrounds in Susanville, remains in place.

The fire made no major runs on Thursday. Near Antelope Basin, in the northeast part of the fire, air tankers dropped retardant and smoke jumpers parachuted in to work on stopping this part of the fire. South of Burnt Lake, firefighters made good progress on building fireline on Thursday.

Overnight, firefighters continued burning out, building line, patrolling, and mopping up in the northeast part of the fire.

On the southeast edge of the fire near the state line, suppression-repair work continues. Crews hope to finish this work on Friday and will move on to the southwest edge of the fire, east of U.S. 395 in California.

Area and Road Closures in Effect: Public lands bounded by Highway 395 on the west, the Sand Pass road and Nevada 447 on the east, the Wendel Road on the south, and Juniper Ridge road to Buckhorn road on the north are closed. The Buffalo Meadows road in Washoe Co., Nev., is also closed.

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