DATE: June 28, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2005-44
NEW MIDAS FIRE STATION OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULED
Northeastern Nevada’s newest fire station is open and ready to respond to wildfires.
The public is invited to an open house to visit the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Midas Fire Station on Saturday, July 2, 2005, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The station is located one mile east of the turnoff into the town of Midas on SSR 18 (the Golconda to Midas Road).
“The fire station is a $1.2 million project,” said Jeff Arnberger, BLM Elko Assistant Fire
Management Officer. “It was built by Michael Clay Construction from Winnemucca NV. Funding was provided through the National Fire Plan. The need for a station was identified in the Elko Fire Management Plan and by the local community to provide quick response to wildfires in the area.
The area has a history of large, fast moving fires. Due to its remote location, a station capable of supporting a number of initial attack crews and aircraft was needed to provide an adequate response.”
Arnberger continued, “The station will also be used to house Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation crews working on rehabilitation efforts on future wildfires in the area, as well as prescribed fire/fuels management crews working on projects, at considerable cost savings to the taxpayer. The station consists of a barracks and office building that houses 20 firefighters, an apparatus barn with fire cache, and helipad.”
“The station gives us the capability to staff numerous fire engines, helicopters and crews in anticipation of initial attack in the Midas area, and provides a base to support extended attack incidents in the area. Crews stationed at Midas provide initial attack coverage for portions of Elko, Battle Mountain, and Winnemucca BLM districts, as all three districts come together just southwest of the station. The station is normally staffed from July 1 through September 15, or as fire conditions warrant,” concluded Arnberger.
Fire managers will be on hand to answer questions about fire issues. Hot dogs and sodas
will be served, fire prevention materials will be distributed, and visitors are welcome to tour the station.
To get to the station, take I-80 to the Golconda Exit, then follow signs north on the paved
and then dirt road to the town of Midas. Instead of turning into Midas Canyon to the town, continue one mile on the main road, and the station is on the right (south) side of the road.