Raging wildfire north of Ely grows to nearly 5,000 acres

The lightning sparked Goshute Cave Fire burning 55 miles north of Ely has charred nearly 5,000 acres since first reported Aug. 13, 2018. Photo: Eastern Nevada Fire Agency
ELY, Nevada, Aug. 24, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A wildfire burning in rugged terrain north of Ely, Nevada is growing in size and intensity and has now charred nearly 5,000 acres.

The lightning-sparked Goshute Cave Fire, burning 55 miles north of Ely, broke out back on August 13th and has grown steadily as it burned unchecked in the higher elevations.

The Bureau of Land Management decided to pursue a “confinement strategy” on the fire because it is burning in steep terrain inaccessible to firefighters.

The blaze was first detected in the Goshute Canyon Wilderness Area, a remote stretch of land home to Nevada wildlife, that includes habitat for grouse and mule deer.

Residents in northern White Pine County and motorists traveling U.S. Highway 93 can expect to see smoke from the fire for the next few days as containment of the fire is still at zero percent.


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