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Nevada Wildfires: What’s Burning, and Where?

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With around 100 wildfires burning across the Western U.S., including a few in Nevada, it can be tough to keep track of those that may affect you. There are only three still burning in the state. Here’s the list, along with those recently completely suppressed.



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Location: Halfway between Austin and Tonopah

Date started: July 19

Area burned: 543 acres

Percent contained: 100


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China Jim

Location: 13 miles southwest of Grouse Creek, Utah

Date started: July 28

Area burned: 20,000 acres

Percent contained: 0

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Goose Creek

Location: Southeast of Jackpot, NV (which is on Highway 93 near the Idaho border)

Date started: July 26

Area burned: 118,000 acres

Percent contained: 15



Location: One mile east of Duck Valley Shoshone-Paiute Reservation

Date started: July 21

Area burned: 5,260 acres

Percent contained: 100



Location: Duck Creek Basin, 15 miles northeast of Ely

Date started: July 17

Area burned: 727 acres

Percent contained: 100



Location: 30 miles northeast of Reno

Date started: July 27

Area burned: 44,123 acres

Percent contained: 31


Anyone driving from Las Vegas to Los Angeles should be aware of the Valley Fire burning in the San Bernardino National Forest not far from Interstate 15. Of course, there are more than a dozen others burning in California, including the devastating Carr Fire near Redding. For more information on wildfires, visit For Nevada-specific updates, go to


Fire officials give the following guidelines for helping to prevent wildfires:

· Do not leave campfires unattended.

· Clear vegetation and dry debris down to bare soil within 10 feet around your campfire.

· Be sure to completely put out campfires, leaving the site cold to the touch.

· Make sure lighting and heating devices are cool before refueling.

· Ensure cigarettes, cigars, and tobacco pipes are fully extinguished when not in use.

· Use caution when operating vehicles in close proximity to vegetation. Spark arresting devices must be properly installed and maintained on all internal combustion engines.

· Do not target shoot in areas of dry fuels.

· Call 911 to report any wildfires.

Desert Companion welcomed Heidi Kyser as staff writer in January 2014. In 2018, she was promoted to senior writer and producer, working for both DC and State of Nevada. She produced KNPR’s first podcast, the Edward R. Murrow Regional Award-winning Native Nevada, in 2020. The following year, she returned her focus full-time to Desert Companion, becoming Deputy Editor, which meant she was next in line to take over when longtime editor Andrew Kiraly left in July 2022.