Wednesday, June 21, 2006, 5:00 p.m.
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FIRE SOUTH OF CARLIN, NEVADA WINDING DOWN
Elko, Nevada – Firefighters mopping up the Barth #1 Fire which burned southwest of Carlin. Fire crews are mopping up the Barth #1 Fire and rehabilitating dozer lines. The fire has burned 2,214 acres of public and private land in Eureka County and is 75% contained. Full containment is expected later today. The change in reported acreage is due to more accurate mapping of the fire perimeter.
The Barth #1 Fire started late Tuesday night and burned sagebrush and grass in steep terrain. No homes were threatened; however, there were threats to a power line, gas line, livestock habitat, and portions of the California National Historic Trail. Firefighters worked through the night building fire line around the blaze. Several air tanker fire retardant drops were done today to aid fire-fighting efforts and one helicopter was used for water drops. Engines from Nevada Division of Forestry, Carlin Volunteer Fire Department, and Bureau of Land Management responded. Heavy equipment from Eureka County and the TS Ranch was used also to fight the fire.
Acting BLM Elko Fire Management Officer Dylan Rader said, “We got a good break today from the wind which blew the fire away from I-80 and inhabited areas. We’re concerned as indications are that this fire was human caused. So far this year, for every two lightning-caused fires, we’ve had one human-caused fire in Elko County and that is an unacceptable ratio. We urge people to be extremely cautious while enjoying their public lands.”