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ELKO INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER
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Saturday, July 7, 2006, 7:00 pm Contact: (775) 748-4141
Barth Fire, Update #5 or (775) 748-4000, 753-0386

WILDFIRES BURNING IN ELKO COUNTY


Elko, Nev. – Fire fighters in Elko County faced a challenging day in Red Flag conditions. Three new wildfires started, one continued growing, and one was contained. I-80 is closed 10 miles west of Elko.

The West Basin Fire is currently burning about 4 – 5 miles east of Jackpot and has grown to 30,000 acres and crossed into Idaho. The fire is estimated at 15% contained and is burning in sagebrush, grass, and juniper. A Type III Incident Management Team (Petersen) is currently on scene and a Type I Team (Broyles) is enroute to the fire and expected to assume control on July 8. 119 fire fighters are fighting the fire. The fire is threatening Jackpot and the California National Historic Trail. Smoke warnings remain in effect for travelers on U.S. Highway 93.

The Eccles Fire is burning about 30 miles northeast of Wells in sagebrush, grass, pinion, and juniper. The fire has grown rapidly today and is currently estimated at 8,000 acres and 1% contained. There was extreme to advanced fire behavior today with instances of fire whirls. Broyles Type I Incident Management Team will assume responsibility for the Eccles Fire on July 8.

The Harrison Fire is burning on both sides of Harrison Pass about 30 miles southwest of Elko. The fire is estimated at 375-400 acres. The Elko County Sheriff’s Office deputies evacuated campers and fishermen from the area. Fire engines, crews, one helicopter, and a bull dozer are currently working the fire.

The 900-acre Mile Marker 288 Fire is burning 12 miles west of Elko on the north side of I-80 threatening the Interstate, the California National Historic Trail, and the California Trail Center currently under construction. The fire was human caused and under investigation. It is estimated at 10% contained. I-80 is closed 10 miles west of Elko.

The lightning-caused Barth Fire has been declared contained and it burned approximately 15,000 acres approximately five miles south and west of Carlin, Nevada. Fire fighters and resources are being demobilized from the Barth Fire to other fires in the area.

“It’s been a very busy day in northeastern Nevada,” said Nevada Division of Forestry Fire Management Officer Sam Hicks. “We appreciate the public’s support especially with the intermittent closures on I-80. We’re looking at tough fire fighting conditions tomorrow as well.”

Fire restrictions are 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.

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Last updated: 04-07-2008