ELKO INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER
Monday, July 9, 2007, 7:00 p.m. Contact: (775) 748-4141
West Basin & Elko County Fires, Update #9 or (775) 748-4000, 753-0386
ELKO COUNTY FIRES REMAIN ACTIVE
Elko, Nev. – Three hundred fire fighters continue to battle two fires in Elko County today.
The Highway 93 Complex consisting of the West Basin Fire and the Eccles Fire is estimated at 63,000 acres and continues to grow. The West Basin Fire was mapped this morning at 54,500 acres and the Eccles Fire is 8,500 acres. The Type I Incident Management Team (Broyles) is managing the fires. The complex is estimated at 45% contained and is burning in sagebrush, grass, and juniper.
Suppression efforts have been hampered by limited access and topography that will not permit dozer line construction or direct attack with engines. Fire fighting will continue tonight.
The fire complex is threatening livestock, wildlife forage, mule deer and sage grouse habitat. Thirty cows have been reported as being killed by the fire or had to be put down because of injury.
Smoke warnings remain in effect for travelers on U.S. Highway 93. People are advised that there will be increased emergency vehicle/fire fighting traffic on Highway 93 and to be careful.
For more information on the Highway 93 Complex visit the Fire Website at www.inciweb.org or call Fire Information at the Incident Command Post - 1-800-958-1379.
“The weather forecast for rest of the week does not look promising,” said Elko Interagency Dispatch Center Manager Bill Roach. “If the predicted dry lightning and scattered thunderstorms arrive, fire conditions will be extreme once again.”
Roach added that fire fighting agencies are urging people to remain cautious with outside activities that can cause sparks and to continue to make homes and property fire safe and defensible.
Fire restrictions in northern and central Nevada will be in effect until further notice. Lands involved include federal, state, tribal, and the Humboldt, Pershing, Lander, Eureka, Elko, Esmeralda, and Nye County Fire Protection Districts and portions of Washoe, Lyon, Churchhill, and White Pine counties. For more specific information go to: http://www.fire.blm.gov/restrictions.htm, http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/htnf/, http://www.forestry.state.nv.us, www.nifc.gov, http://gacc.nifc.gov/wgbc.
To report wildfires call (775) 738-FIRE, (775) 748-4000, or 911.