HIGHWAY 93 COMPLEX
EVENING UPDATE (FINAL)
Great Basin Incident Management Team 1
July 16, 2007, 7:00 PM
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. This will be thefinal update on the Highway 93 Complex by the Great Basin IMT.
Today initial attack forces responded to two new wildfires – Five Mile and Hardesty - within the initial attack area. The wildfires 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 utilized. Fire suppression forces also worked the two lightning-caused wildfires from yesterday; Division Canyon #1 and Division Canyon #2.
The Incident Command Post and base camp at Jackpot Combined Schools for the Highway 93 Complex will be closed out tomorrow morning. Transfer of command of the Complex to a local, smaller Type 4 organization is scheduled for 6:00 a.m. This smaller organization will handle any future initial attacks.
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: 7 Water tenders: 3 Dozers: 1 Personnel: 129 Injuries: 4
Costs to Date: $2,838,550 Current as of 3:00 p.m. hours today.
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 Tomorrow
Mop up and securing the Division Canyon #1 and Division Canyon #2 fires will continue. Engines will continue to patrol fireline perimeters on both the West Basin and Eccles fires. The smaller Type 4 organization will respond to any future initial attack needs.
Tomorrow’s weather will be mostly sunny and hot with a slight chance of widely scattered, mainly dry thunderstorms in the afternoon. Temperatures will be in the mid 90s with humidities around 8-10%. Winds will be generally out of the southwest at 10-20 mph with afternoon gusts up to 35 mph in the valleys. Winds on the ridges will be 15-25 mph, with gusts to 40 mph. 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. Probability of ignition is 100%.
Fire and Other Information
The Highway 93 Complex Information Center located at the Jackpot Elementary School will close tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m. For any future information regarding the Highway 93 Complex, contact the Elko BLM District at 775-748-4141. For information on other fires in Nevada and the Western Great Basin, visit one of the websites listed above under “Closures and Restrictions”.