ELKO INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER
Friday, July 13, 2007, 7:00 a.m. Contact: (775) 748-4141
West Basin & Elko County Fires, Update #16 or (775) 748-4000, 753-0386
FIREFIGHTERS MOPPING UP THE HIGHWAY 93 COMPLEX FIRES
Elko, Nev. – Today, firefighters are winding up suppression operations the West Basin Fire. The Eccles Fire is contained.
The Highway 93 Complex is located five miles southeast of Jackpot, Nevada and has been mapped at 80,533 acres. The West Basin Fire is 60,974 acres and is approximately 82% contained. The Eccles Fire is 19,559 acres and is 100% contained. The complex is estimated at 90% contained and full containment is expected this evening. The Type I Incident Management Team (Broyles) is managing the fires.
About half of the 535 fire fighters and equipment will be released to day and either sent home or assigned to other incidents. The remainder are scheduled to be released tomorrow.
Fire activity is minimal on both fires. Any fire activity will be well within containment lines. Over 125 miles of fire line has been built around the West Basin and Eccles Fires. The fires are no longer a threat to livestock, grazing, and other resource values. Risk of spread is very low.
“One week ago today we had multiple fires start in Elko County and the last of those fires should be contained this evening,” said Elko Interagency Center Dispatch Manager Bill Roach. “Fire danger is still extreme and the challenge is to not be complacent. With the weekend here and beautiful weather all across the state, we urge people to be cautious as they enjoy Nevada’s great outdoors.”
People are advised that there will be increased emergency vehicle/fire fighting traffic on Highway 93 north and south of Jackpot as fire crew and equipment move out.
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.