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ELKO INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER
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Friday, July 6, 2006, 7:00 pm Contact: (775) 748-4141
Bailey Fire, Update #2 or (775) 748-4000, 753-0386

WILDFIRES BURNING IN ELKO COUNTY


Elko, Nev. – A fast moving storm cell left at least four wildfires in its wake in Elko County on Friday afternoon.

The lightning-caused Barth Fire has burned approximately 4,000 acres in sagebrush and grass approximately five miles southwest of Carlin, Nevada. Two structures and several outbuildings have burned. The burned structures were trailers and it is not know currently if they were primary residences. There are no reports of injuries.

Fire engines and crews from the Crescent Valley Volunteer Fire Department (VFD), Carlin VFD, Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Forest Service responded to the Barth Fire. In addition the Eureka County Sheriff’s Office and City of Carlin have provided people and resources to the fire fighting effort. Smokey conditions have impacted I-80, but the interstate has remained opened.

The West Basin Fire is currently burning about six miles southeast of Jackpot, Nevada. The fire is burning in sagebrush and grass and is currently estimated at 5,000 acres. The Jackpot VFD, four BLM engines, two NDF engines, and one helicopter are currently on the scene. A Type III Fire Management Team is enroute to the fire which is threatening two ranches near Jackpot. Smoke warnings are in effect for travelers on U.S. Highway 93 near Jackpot.

Two additional fires were reported near Montello and Midas, and fire fighters are enroute.

“We need to remind people that a ban on open burning –including burn barrels - is in effect in Elko County,” said Nevada Division of Forestry Fire Management Officer Sam Hicks. “We’ve had two fires start in the past 24 hours from burn barrels. The Elko County Sheriff’s Office is enforcing the open burning ban and people have been arrested for violating it.”

Hicks went on say the fire restrictions are in effect for all public lands in northeastern Nevada and he asked for people to be extremely cautious. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Elko County for Saturday, July 7 from 8 am to 7 pm.

To report wildfires call (775) 738-FIRE, (775) 748-4000, or 911.

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Last updated: 04-07-2008