Update as of June 8, 9:00am
The 6,251-acre White Rock Fire located along the Nevada-Utah border is now 90 percent contained. Type 3 Incident Commander Billy Panagopoulos will assume command of the fire on June 9.
Today’s efforts by the 215 people assigned to the fire will focus on mop-up and rehabilitation of the fireline. Current suppression resources include four crews, one helicopter, six engines, one dozer and two water tenders.
“We would like to thank Lincoln County High School for serving as our Incident Command Post, Spring Valley State Park for providing our helicopter base and BLM’s Color Country District Office for hosting our spike camp,” said Incident Commander John Kidd.
This will be the final update from Kidd’s Type 2 Incident Management Team. For more information and maps, please visit www.inciweb.org.
AS OF 7:00 AM, JUNE 4
The crewmembers killed in yesterday's airplane crash have been identified as Todd Neal Tompkins, Captain and pilot, and Ronnie Edwin Chambless, First Officer and co-pilot. The Sheriff's Department in Iron County,
UT, said both men were from Boise, Idaho.
AS OF 7:00 PM , June 3
According to Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District fire information officer, a Forest Service-contracted P-2V heavy air tanker dropping retardant on the White Rock Fire crashed in the Hamblin Valley area of western Utah shortly before 1 p.m., today, Sunday, June 3. Both crewmembers were killed. Their names have not been released.
The cause of the crash is unknown. The Iron County Sheriff’s Office has responded and emergency response teams and an investigation accident team are en route. The P-2V is owned by Neptune Aviation Services, of Missoula, Mont.
The lightning-ignited White Rock Fire was first reported shortly before 10 p.m., Friday, in Lincoln County, Nev., about 25 miles northeast of Caliente. By Saturday evening, the fire had grown to nearly 5,000 acres and crossed the state line into Iron County, Utah.
The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain dominated by pinion-pine and juniper trees, sagebrush and grasses. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District is fully suppressing the fire to protect sage-grouse and other wildlife habitat, and for firefighter and public safety. Full containment is expected by Saturday evening, June 9.