… Some livestock are believed to have been lost in the blaze… Ranchers spent the night trying to get their cattle off the mountain…
Ruby Mountain fire doubles in size again
Elko Daily Free Press (NV)
Sep 3, 2019
ELKO – A wildfire in the Ruby Mountains doubled in size to approximately 4,000 acres before noon Tuesday, less than 24 hours since it started in a woodcutting area of the Humboldt National Forest.
Some livestock are believed to have been lost in the blaze.
The Cherry Fire started Monday afternoon at Cherry Creek Canyon on the west side of the range, about 17 miles south of the Corta Fire that burned more than 16,000 acres along Harrison Pass in early August.
Ranchers spent the night trying to get their cattle off the mountain.
The fire crew's rancher liaison is JJ Goicoechea of Eureka County, Nevada’s state veterinarian.
"There were a lot of cattle we couldn't get to," he said, and some are believed to have burned.
The fire burned into the Cowboy's Rest retreat, but no structures were lost. There haven't been any road closures, according to the Elko County Sheriff's Office.
The fire also scorched JJ and Pete Goicoechea's ranch land but most of the damage has been to Forest Service land.
There was no estimate on containment.
Goicoechea said the fire started in a woodcutting area of the forest, north of Overland Pass. There were people in the area cutting wood when it started, he said.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
Multiple state, county, and federal ground and air resources were on the scene about 50 miles south of Elko and 40 miles north of Eureka.
Eight single-engine air tankers, three large and one very large air tanker were dropping retardant on the fire Monday evening. Two helicopters were working the fire and additional copters were ordered.
A top-level Type 3 fire management team was ordered.
Three major fires...