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ELKO INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER
News Release

Monday, July 9, 2007, 7:00 am Contact: (775) 748-4141
West Basin & Elko County Fires, Update #8 or (775) 748-4000, 753-0386

FIREFIGHERS MAKE PROGRESS ON ELKO COUNTY FIRES


Elko, Nev. – Fire fighters continued to battle two fires in Elko County today.

The Highway 93 Complex consisting of the West Basin Fire and the Eccles Fire has burned an estimated 59,000 acres and continues to grow. The Type I Incident Management Team (Broyles) is managing the fires.

Suppression operations will be conducted in both day and night operational periods. On the West Basin Fire, resources will continue to mop up hot spots on the north and east flanks of the fire. On the southern edge, resources will work from east to west to secure the line. Fire activity on a large unburned area to the north of this line will depend on afternoon fire behavior. The western flank of the fire will be patrolled.

On the Eccles Fire, resources will continue working on holding the line at Bell Canyon Road while securing the west flank. Work will also continue on holding the southern perimeter in the area referred to as the Volcano.

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 arriving. The fire will be aerially mapped today. The fire complex continues to threaten the California National Historic Trail. 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 also visit the Fire Website at www.inciweb.org.

“We’re starting to get more resources from outside the area into Elko County which is a big plus,” said Elko Interagency Dispatch Center Manager Bill Roach. “It allows us to get our local resources back and available for initial attack for any new fire starts.”

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 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, http://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