Monday, August 27, 2007, 9:00 am
Contact: (775) 753-0386 or (775) 748-4000
LIGHTNING FIRES CONTAINED IN ELKO COUNTY
Elko, Nev. – Firefighters were kept busy this past weekend responding to lightning and human-caused fires.
The Raine Fire about 18 miles south of Carlin is approximately 560 acres and is burning in sagebrush and grass. Engines and crews from the Carlin Volunteer Fire Department, Nevada Division of Forestry, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) responded and fought the fire in high winds through the night. The Raine Fire is expected to be contained today based on winds. Ninety four people are currently on scene.
“We had a series of storms which moved on a line from roughly Austin, Nev. to Twin Falls, Id., and started a few lightning fires,” said BLM Fire Management Officer Joe Freeland. “Thankfully, there was enough moisture with the storms to extinguish the fires.”
Freeland added that a semi-truck tire blowout on the Moor Summit on I-80 east of Wells caused a 63-acre wildfire.
Fire restrictions remain in effect for all public lands in northeastern Nevada and all open burning is banned in Elko County.
To report wildfires call (775) 738-FIRE, (775) 748-4000, or 911.