The Porcupine Fire was ignited by lightning on 6/9/2013 and contained on 6/10/2013.
The fire was ignited in the lower foothills of the Santa Rosa Range, and quickly began burning upslope towards the top of the range.
The fire consumed a considerable amount of intact wildlife habitat in close proximity to Sage Grouse Preliminary Priority Habitat (within 250 feet), and all of the fire burned in Sage Grouse Winter-Range as defined by the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The fire also burned 197 acres of Mule Deer Crucial Winter Habitat, 136 acres of Bighorn habitat, which is a BLM and Forest Service sensitive species, and 100% of the fire area is defined as year-round habitat for pronghorn.
The Porcupine Fire affected ecological two sites on BLM-administered lands. 95% of the BLM burned acres occurred in Ecological Site 024XY005NV, which is a loamy soiled site, receiving 8-10” of precipitation annually. Dominant species (in reference condition) include Wyoming big sagebrush and Thurber’s needlegrass. The remaining 5% of the fire area occurred in Ecological Site 024XY028NV, which is a loamy-soiled site receiving 8-12” of precipitation annually. Dominant species (in reference condition) include Wyoming big sagebrush and Bluebunch wheatgrass. Approximately 40% of the fire burned flat/gently rolling ground and 60% occurred on steeper mountain slopes above the flats. Approximately 50% of the flat areas were burned in 2004 and were dominated by invasive annual grasses when the Porcupine Fire occurred.