Sunday, July 23, 2007, 11:00 AM
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Elko County Fires, Update #16
SEVERE FIRE ACTIVITY IN NORTHEASTERN NEVADA CONTINUES
The National Weather Service in Elko, Nevada has issued a Red Flag Warning for dry thunderstorms from 10 A.M. Monday to 5 P.M. Tuesday for northeastern Nevada.
The Winecup Complex has now burned 198,424 acres and is estimated at 12% contained. The Complex contains the following large fires: the West Fork Fire (134,943 acres and 3% contained) is 23 miles southeast of Jackpot, Nevada; and the Scott Creek Fire (58,481 acres and 30% contained) burning 6 miles west of Jackpot. The Scott Creek Fire is still positioned to threaten the town of Jackpot, ranches, power lines and a power substation. A voluntary evacuation notice was issued to three ranches in the Grouse Creek area. Fireline held on the east flank of the Scott Creek Fire. Firefighters are working south from Cottonwood Creek on the east flank towards crews and engines on the southern end of the fire working north. They are working to complete fireline on the entire east flank today. This fire continues to be managed by Broyles' type 1 team from Idaho.
The Murphy Complex (567,721 acres and 15% contained) consists of the Rowland and Elk Fires. The Rowland fire is in Nevada and Idaho while the Elk fire is in Idaho. The Rowland fire is approximately 1 mile west of the town of Jarbidge and 8 miles northeast of Mountain City. The Jarbidge Evacuation Order remains in effect. The Evacuation Order has been lifted for Murphy Hot Springs and the Diamond A Ranch. Power remains out to several communities in northern Nevada, including Jarbidge, and southern Idaho due to the loss of a 69KV power transmission line. The fire continued to move southwesterly into Sunflower Flat and towards Mountain City. Cattle on the Mountain City Ranger District should be moved to a minimum of 10 miles away from the perimeter of the fire to aid firefighters in firefighting efforts. The Murphy Complex is being managed by Rich Hawkins' Type 1 Interagency Management Team from California. A Public Meeting to provide information on the Murphy Complex will be held on Monday, July 23 at 7 P.M. at the Castleford, Idaho school gymnasium.
The Red House Complex (approximately 71,340 acres, 91% contained) is being managed by Bill Molumby's Type I Incident Management Team from California. The Red House Fire Complex consists of the Red House Fire (35,175 acres and 82% contained) approximately 20 miles north of Carlin. Firefighters continue to the secure the perimeter of the fire. All other fires within the complex have been contained.
The 58,427 acre Hepworth Complex now consists of the HD Summit Fire (9,767 acres and 97% contained) about 5 miles northeast of Wells; Independence Valley Fire (256 acres) about 15 miles south of Wells; the Hepworth Fire (40,283 acres) approximately 10 miles northwest of Wells; and the Stevens Fire (approximately 8,121 acres) about 20 miles west of Wells. The Complex is estimated at 80% contained. Efforts are being concentrated to contain as much of the fire as possible before expected dry thunderstorms arrive on Monday and Tuesday. This fire continues to be managed by Saleen's Type 2 Great Basin team from Idaho.
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.
The American Red Cross is available to residents that need assistance due to the wildfires. Please contact them at 775-385-5146 or 775-778-3504.
Three Area Closure Orders remain in effect for portions of the Jarbidge, Mountain City and Ruby Mountains Ranger Districts in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Please call the above information telephone numbers or refer to the above websites for details.