The Hampton Fire within the Mount Moriah Wilderness has been burning since July 16. The fire is burning on the eastern slopes of the north Snake Range, Unit 114 in White Pine County, from the Hampton Creek drainage north to Smith Creek, including portions of the Deep Canyon tributary. It may continue to smoke and burn in pockets until snow or rain completely put it out.
Forest Service firefighters are monitoring the burn and may conduct modified suppression actions while you are in the area.
Wildfires like these are natural processes and a risk normally associated within wilderness.
Guidelines for Personal Safety
- Follow the directions of firefighters you encounter while in the area
- Stay away from the burn area – erratic winds could cause a flare-up and blow fire embers behind you
- Camp a good distance away from the burn area
- Watch for falling trees and limbs, especially in WINDY conditions
- Watch out for rolling rocks, trail obstructions, holes and changing weather
The Ely Ranger District, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, is managing the Hampton Fire in accordance with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Land Management and Fire Management plans. Carrying out these plans will reduce fuel buildups which will result in public and firefighter safety, reduce the threat of future catastrophic wildland fire, increase native vegetative diversity and improve wildlife habitat.
For more information, please contact the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Ely Ranger District, 775-289-3031.