Thursday, July 19, 2007, 8:00 p.m.
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Elko County Fires, Update #9
FIRES CONTINUE TO BURN IN ELKO COUNTY
Elko, Nev. -- Five fires contained, ten fires still burn.
The 45,044-acre Hepworth Complex consists of the Hepworth Fire (38,505 acres) approximately 10 miles northwest of Wells, Nev., and the Stevens Fire (6,539 acres) about 20 miles west of Wells. The Complex is estimated at 60 percent contained. The Hepworth fire did burn toward Highway 93 and was contained before reaching Highway 93. The burn out operations that took place this morning in the northwest section near the powerline was effective. The perimeter of the Hepworth has been secured. On the Stevens fire, crews were able to secure lines in areas of yesterdays threatened structures. Local ranchers have been a tremendous help in the firefighting efforts for the Stevens Fire.
The Winecup Complex has burned 37, 475 acres and is estimated at 30 percent contained. The Complex consists of the HD Summit Fire (9,769 acres and 97 percent contained) about 20 miles northeast of Wells; the West Fork Fire (5,372 acres and 25 percent contained, the Bluff Fire (60 acres and 10 percent contained), and the Scott Creek Fire (20,565 acres and 30percent contained) burning 12 miles west of Jackpot. Five of the twelve known fires in the Winecup Complex are contained and will be in patrol status. The complex is being managed by a Type I Incident Management Team (Broyles).
The Twin Bridges Fire about 20 miles southwest of Spring Creek has burned about 2,100 acres and is 70percent contained. The Bob's Flat 3 Fire has burned approximately 8,000 acres west of Carlin and is 70 percent contained.
The Sansinena Fire about 20 miles west of Carlin has burned into the Battle Mountain Bureau of Land Management Dunphy Complex, which is being managed by a Type I Incident Management Team.
The Red House Complex about 15 miles west of Elko and is estimated at 30,000 acres and 15 percent contained. The Easton Type III Incident Management Team is managing the Red House Complex. Firefighting efforts are being hampered with limited access. They are experiencing rapid rates of spread during daytime heat.
The Boo Hoo Fire is burning in Pine Valley about 70 miles southwest of Carlin and is 22,437 acres and is estimated at 65 percent contained. The Marge Fire is south of the I-80 Hunter Exit about 10 miles west of Elko and has burned 9,023 acres and is 30 percent contained.
The Mendive Fire is approximately 3,000+ acres and is 8 miles east of Wild Horse Reservoir. The Mendive Fire is estimated at 10 percent contained. The Willow Fire is 80 miles northwest of Elko and has burned 5,100 acres. The Sunflower Flat Fire burned approximately 60 miles north of Elko and was contained this evening at 45 acres.
The Diamond A Ranch, Murphy Hot Springs, and the town of Jarbidge remain evacuated due to the 125,000-acre Rowland Fire burning in the Twin Falls Bureau Land of Management District.
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 .