Tuesday, July 10, 2007, 6:15 p.m.
Contact: (775) 748-4141 or (775) 748-4000, 753-0386
West Basin & Elko County Fires, Update #11
HIGHWAY 93 COMPLEX FIRES GROW
Elko, Nev. – The approximate 80,000-acre Highway 93 Complex Fires grew the past day, but fire fighters gained on them as well. Two new fire start in Elko County were contained.
The Highway 93 Complex is located five miles southeast of Jackpot, Nevada and consists of the West Basin Fire (61,329 acres) and the Eccles Fire (18,343 acres). Nearly 400 people are working on the fires and more fire fighters and resources are expected. The Type I Incident Management Team (Broyles) is managing the fires. The complex is estimated at 40% contained and is burning in sagebrush, grass, and juniper.
North winds last night pushed the West Basin Fire another seven miles to the south burning a swath 1¼ to 1½ miles wide. By 11:00 am today the fire had burned to within one half mile of Texas Spring Road.
Today, Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS) based in Wells, Nevada, worked to take some of the heat out of the southern flanks and head of the West Basin Fire. Firefighters and aircraft made significant progress containing the south end of the fire north of Texas Springs Road to stop the fire’s advance. Helicopter attack crews worked hotspots in aspen pockets along inaccessible lines on the east flank. Progress in fire suppression operations is being hampered by extreme fire behavior. Wind driven sustained torching was observed in pinion/juniper stands. Safety of firefighting personnel is a significant concern.
Firefighters made excellent progress on the Eccles Fire today. No major growth is expected based on efforts by ground and air resources.
The fire complex continues to threaten livestock, wildlife forage, mule deer and sage grouse habitat.
Smoke warnings remain in effect for travelers on U.S. Highway 93. People are advised that there will be increased emergency vehicle/fire fighting traffic on Highway 93 and to be careful.
For more information on the Highway 93 Complex visit the Fire Website at www.inciweb.org or call Fire Information at the Incident Command Post - 1-800-958-1379.
Fire fighters responded to two new wildfires today. The first was about two miles west of Midas, Nevada. The fire was caused by a transformer failure and was quickly contained at five acres. The second fire occurred in Crescent Valley about 40 miles southwest of Carlin and burned 6 acres on private land before being contained. The fire was started by a vehicle backfire.
“Fire conditions and fire danger are extreme in Elko County right now,” said Elko Interagency Center Dispatch Manager Bill Roach. “The outlook for rest of the week is hot, dry, and dry thunderstorms. We continue to ask for the public’s caution with all outdoor activities.”
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.