Thursday, June 21, 2006, 6:00 pm
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Bailey Fire, Update #2
FIREFIGHTERS TURN THE CORNER ON BAILEY FIRE
Elko, Nevada – Fire fighters are getting the upper on hand on the human-caused fire which has burned 1,915 acres in Pine Valley about 30 miles south of Carlin, Nev.
The Bailey Fire started late Wednesday afternoon (June 20) and is burning in sagebrush and grass. The fire appears to be human caused and is under investigation. It is burning in the Trout Creek area and is also in the area of the 1999 Saddler Fire which burned about 200,000 acres. The Bailey Fire is currently estimated at 80% contained and full containment is expected June 22. No injuries have been reported and no structures have been threatened.
“We got lucky today and the predicted winds were not as strong as anticipated,” said BLM Elko Interagency Dispatch Center Manager Bill Roach. “Another huge help getting a handle on this fire were the shifts that worked through the night last night.”
One hundred fifty-six people are on the fire now. Two bull dozers, four engines and one helicopter are being used. Agencies participating include Pine Valley Volunteer Fire Department (VFD), Carlin VFD, Nevada Division of Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs Eastern Nevada Agency, Sho-Pai Crew from Duck Valley, Bureau of Land Management, Eureka County Sheriff’s Office, and private contactors.
A small one-acre fire was contained today in Crescent Valley. It is under investigation.
Roach went on to comment that a Fire Weather Watch is forecasted for Saturday and as we move into the weekend all fire agencies are asking people to be cautious when they spend time in Nevada’s great outdoors.
To report wildfires call (775) 738-FIRE, (775) 748-4000, or 911.