Overland Fire Update

Size: 3,000 acres

Percent Contained: 0%

Current Resources: 2 heavy air tankers, 4 Single engine Air Tankers (SEATs), 1 Helicopter; 5 Engines; 3 Type 2 hand crews; 1 dozer, 1 water tender.

Firefighters today continue to suppress the approximately 3,000-acre Overland Fire, burning in White Pine County about three miles north of the Bald Mountain Mine or five miles south of the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge. There is no immediate threat to the mine or refuge.

The lightning-ignited fire is burning in mule deer, elk and pronghorn antelope habitat, consuming pinion-juniper, chaparral, brush and short grass. There is a potential future threat to Greater Sage Grouse habitat. Firefighters are implementing a full-suppression strategy, using all available assets to protect life and property, and resources. Firefighter and public safety are the top priority.

The fire was first reported at about 1:18 p.m., Monday, August 8. Firefighters expect to fully contain the fire by Saturday evening, August 13.

For more information, go to http://bit.ly/2aJNnIQ or contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District fire information officer, at (775) 289-1842 or chanefel@blm.gov.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.