Thursday, June 21, 2006, 8:00 am
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Bailey Fire, Update #1
WILDFIRE GROWS SOUTH OF CARLIN, NEVADA
Elko, Nevada – A rapidly growing, wind-driven wildfire has burned approximately 3,500 acres in Pine Valley, about 30 miles south of Carlin, Nev.
The Bailey Fire started late Wednesday afternoon (June 20) and is burning in sagebrush and grass. The fire appears to be human caused and is under investigation. It is burning in the Trout Creek area and is also in the area of the 1999 Saddler Fire which burned about 200,000 acres. The Bailey Fire is currently estimated at 50% contained and full containment is expected June 22.
A large array of fire fighting resources are currently on hand or enroute to the fire. Fire engines and crews from the Pine Valley Volunteer Fire Department (VFD), Carlin VFD, Nevada Division of Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs Eastern Nevada Agency, Sho-Pai Crew from Duck Valley, and Bureau of Land Management fought the fire through the night. About 120 people are on the fire now and additional fire crews have been ordered. Fire fighters remained on the scene overnight. Two bull dozers are being used.
“This fire grew extremely quickly in the strong winds and showed extreme fire behavior,” said BLM Elko Interagency Dispatch Center Manager Bill Roach. “We can’t stress enough for people to be careful outdoors. Conditions are ripe for rapid, large-scale burning … all it takes is a single spark.”
Roach added that high temperatures and winds are forecasted for this afternoon.
A second fire burned about 5 acres, 15 miles east of Contact, Nev. The fire was caused by lightning and is being mopped up today.
To report wildfires call (775) 738-FIRE, (775) 748-4000, or 911.