Friday, July 20, 2007, 9:30 a.m.
Contact: (775) 748-4141 or (775) 748-4000, 753-0386
Elko County Fires, Update #10
FIRES CONTINUE TO BURN IN ELKO COUNTY
Elko, Nev. Twelve Fires continue burning in Elko, County.
The Red House Complex is 60,000+ acres. The Easton Type III Incident Management Team is transitioning control of the Complex to the Type I Incident Management Team (Molumbey). Included in the Complex are the Red House Fire (30,000 acres and 15% contained) about 15 miles west of Elko; the Marge Fire (9,023 acres and 30% contained) Fire about 10 miles west of Elko and south of the I-80 Hunter Exit; and the Boo Hoo (22,437 acres and 65% contained) Fire about 20 miles south of Elko.
The 45,044-acre Hepworth Complex consists of the Hepworth Fire (38,505 acres) approximately 10 miles northwest of Wells, Nevada and the Stevens Fire (approximately 6,539 acres) about 20 miles west of Wells. The Complex is estimated at 60% contained. Fire fighters took advantage of the decreased winds and made good progress yesterday.
The Winecup Complex has burned 37, 475 acres and is estimated at 30% contained. The Complex consists of the HD Summit Fire (9,769 acres and 97% contained) about 20 miles northeast of Wells; the West Fork Fire (5,372 acres and 25% contained); the Cedar Fire is approximately 100 acres (0% contained); and the Scott Creek Fire (20,565 acres and 30% contained) burning 12 miles west of Jackpot. The complex is being managed by a Type I Incident Management Team (Broyles).
The Twin Bridges Fire about 30 miles southwest of Elko has burned about 2,100 acres and is 89% contained. The Bob’s Flat 3 Fire has burned approximately 8,000 acres west of Carlin and is 70% 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% contained. The Willow Creek Ridge Fire is 80 miles northwest of Elko and has burned approximately 5,100 acres and is 75% contained.
The Independence Valley Fire about 20 miles south of Wells has burned 400 acres and is estimated a 5% contained.
The town of Jarbidge, Diamond A Ranch, and Murphy Hot Springs Evacuation Order remains in effect. The evacuation was caused by the approximate 125,000-acre Rowland Fire which is being managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Twin Falls, Idaho, District.
A community meeting will be held at the Starr Valley Community Meeting today, July 20th, at 4 pm to discuss area fires.
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.