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ELKO INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER
News Release

Sunday, July 8, 2007, 7:00 pm Contact: (775) 748-4141
West Basin & Elko County Fires, Update #7 or (775) 748-4000, 753-0386


FIREFIGHERS MAKE PROGRESS ON ELKO COUNTY FIRES


Elko, Nev. – Two of four fires in Elko County were contained today.

The West Basin Fire and the Eccles Fire have burned an estimated 59,000 acres. The Type I Incident Management Team (Broyles) will be assuming responsibility for the fires today at 9:00 pm. The two fires will be managed as the Highway 93 Complex.

“These fires are being managed as a complex due to their close proximity and the fire-fighting resources already available on the two incidents,” said Joe Freeland, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko Field Office, Fire Management Officer.

The complex is estimated at 10% contained and is burning in sagebrush, grass, and juniper. 169 personnel are assigned to this complex with more equipment and crews ordered. The fire continues to threaten the California National Historic Trail. Smoke warnings remain in effect for travelers on U.S. Highway 93.


Concerns include west and northwest winds pushing the fires within the Complex to the east and southeast. Erratic fire behavior from high winds created major runs and spotting today in flashy fuels on the West Basin Fire. Moderate fire activity was reported on the Eccles Fire. Suppression efforts are being hampered by limited access and topography that will not permit dozer line construction or direct attack with engines.
For more information on the Highway 93 Complex also visit the Fire Website at www.inciweb.org.

The Harrison Fire burned on both sides of Harrison Pass about 30 miles southwest of Elko. The fire has been contained at 577 acres. Resources are being demobilized to help with other fires. The Elko County Sheriff’s assisted with evacuating campers and other public in the area.

The 2,195-acre Mile Marker 288 Fire burned 12 miles west of Elko and has been contained. The Mile Marker 288 Fire threatened I-80, the California National Historic Trail, and the California Trail Center currently under construction were threatened. I-80 was closed several times during periods of intense fire activity.

The Barth Fire which burned 5 miles south and west of Carlin, Nevada was contained on July 7. The fire was aerially mapped at 10,949 acres.
“It’s been a very busy weekend since this round of fires started July 6. The local Volunteer Fire Departments were the first responders to every fire we had. The Elko County Sheriff’s Office, Eureka County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Department of Transportation, and Nevada Department of Public Safety/Highway Patrol Division worked on this weekend’s fires and ensured public safety,” said Terry Chute, Well District Ranger, Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, U.S. Forest Service. “They deserve a huge thank you from the community.”

Fire restrictions in northern and Central Nevada that 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.

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Last updated: 04-07-2008