Thursday, July 6, 2006, 7:00 a.m.
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FIRES QUIETING IN ELKO COUNTY
Elko, Nevada – One 4th of July fire expecting containment today.
The lightning-caused Red House Fire burning in steep terrain about 15 miles north of Carlin should be contained today.
“At last report the Red House Fire was quiet and getting rain,” said Elko Interagency Dispatch Center Manager Bill Roach. “The hard work of the Nevada Division of Forestry, BLM, and U.S. Forest Service fire crews, engines and helicopters kept the fire at an estimated 1,500 acres. It is 70% contained now and we expect full containment later today. About one hundred firefighters spent the night on the fire line.”
Wednesday afternoon’s storm through Elko County caused six fires all of which are contained now. One fire was 25 miles north of Carlin and burned one acre; three fires in the Beowawe area 50 miles west of Elko burned less than two acres; and two fires in Crescent Valley less than an acre. A third fire was discovered late Wednesday in Crescent Valley that will be checked today.
“Yesterday’s storm and winds also kicked up dust and ash left over from last week’s Suzie Fire north of I-80. We received several reports of fires which was the dust and ash blowing,” Roach added.
To report wild fires, people should call 775-748-4000, 775-738-FIRE, or 911.
A fire state of emergency was declared in Elko County by the Elko County Commission and a 30-day ban on burn barrels remains in effect.