HIGHWAY 93 COMPLEX
Great Basin Incident Management Team 1
July 16, 2007, 8:00 AM
The Highway 93 Complex is located 5 miles southeast of Jackpot, NV. The Complex includes the West Basin Fire (approximately 61,070 acres) and the Eccles Fire (approximately 19,559 acres). The Broyles’ Great Basin Type 1 National Incident Management Team (IMT) is managing the complex. Acreage is estimated at 80,629 acres with over 125 miles of fireline.
Yesterday afternoon initial attack forces responded to two small wildfires approximately 3 acres and ½ acre in size northwest of the Eccles Fire in the Division Canyon area. The two wildfires – Division Canyon #1 and Division Canyon #2 - were the result of lightning strikes from dry thunderstorms that moved through the area. Small air tankers, capable of dropping 300-400 gallons of retardant at a time, and a helicopter were used. A 20-person crew has been ordered and will be assigned to the two fires upon their arrival.
Dozer line rehabilitation was completed yesterday on the complex. The slop over (97 acres) that occurred Saturday, July 14 on the West Basin Fire was declared fully contained at 8:00 p.m. last night. Engines will continue to patrol the West Basin and Eccles fires.
Transfer of command of the Complex to a local, smaller Type 4 organization is scheduled for 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17. The Incident Command Post and base camp at Jackpot Combined Schools continues to be downsized.
Estimated Acreage/ containment
Complex Acreage: Estimated at 80,629 acres The complex was declared 100% contained last night at 8:00 p.m. A new control date has not been established because of current and predicted weather conditions over the next few days.
Resources on the Fire/Costs
These numbers were as of 3:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon (Sunday, July 15): Crews: 1 Helicopters: 1 Engines: 8 Water tenders: 3 Dozers: 1 Personnel: 139 Injuries: 4
Costs to Date: $2,726,705 Current as of 3:00 p.m. hours yesterday.
Cooperators include: Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Division of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Elko County government, Elko County Sheriff’s Office, City of Jackpot and Elko School District.
Closures and restrictions
Fire restrictions in northern and Central Nevada remain 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, Churchill, and White Pine counties. For more specific information go to http://www.fire.blm.gov/restrictions.htm
, and http://gacc.nifc.gov/wgbc.
Incident plans for Today
A 20-person crew has been ordered to handle the two fires in the Division Canyon area. Engines continue to patrol fireline perimeters on both fires. Initial attack forces will respond to any new wildfire starts.
Today’s weather will be partly cloudy and hot with a slight chance of widely scattered, mainly dry thunderstorms in the afternoon. Temperatures will be in the mid 90s with humidities rising to 15-20%. Winds will be generally out of the south-southwest at 5-10 mph with afternoon gusts up to 15 mph in the valleys, and southwest at 10-20 mph on the ridges. Gusty and variable outflow winds associated with thunderstorms may exceed 50 mph.
Fire activity on the complex is expected be minimal. However, any new wildfires are expected to have rapid rates of spread.
Fire and Other Information
www.inciweb.orgwill remain the primary location for information on the Highway 93 Complex. The Highway 93 Complex Information Center located at the Jackpot Elementary School; the phone number is 1-800-958-1379. For information on other fires elsewhere in Nevada or the Western Great Basin, visit one of the websites listed above under “Closures and Restrictions”.