WINNEMUCCA – The Bureau of Land Management is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the Martin Fire, which has burned more than 680 square miles in Humboldt and Elko counties since it started a week ago.
Anyone with information about this fire or individuals who may be responsible is asked to contact BLM law enforcement at 775-857-3511.
The Martin Fire, named for the Martin Creek area, started at approximately 11:30 p.m. July 4 approximately 7 miles north of Paradise Valley. The current size of the Martin fire is 439,230 acres with 48 percent containment.
Investigators have confirmed the fire was human-caused.
“This fire has damaged and affected ranches and numerous resources,” said BLM Winnemucca District Manager Ester McCullough. “We would like to thank our partners who have assisted us with the suppression efforts and continue to help bring the fire under control.”
The wind-driven wildfire has burned a path 57 miles long and 31 miles wide across northern Nevada in the past six days.
The Martin Fire was 48 percent contained as of Wednesday morning. The total area burned is estimated at 686 square miles.
“Yesterday, the fire remained active under the combination of high temperatures, low humidity and variable, breezy winds,” fire officials reported. “The fire was active in unburned islands within the fire perimeter, however, resources continue to make tremendous progress increasing the containment percentage.”
A total of 635 personnel are assigned to the blaze, which started July 5 near Paradise Valley and burned eastward into Elko County.
The Bureau of Land Management hosted public meetings at 5 p.m. July 11 at headquarters in Elko and Winnemucca to provide updates on the fire.
Wilson Campground and Reservoir remains closed due to fire suppression activities, and temporary flight restrictions are in effect over the fire.