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Saturday, August 18, 2007, 2:00 pm
Contact: Lisa Ortega (702) or Mike Brown (775)753-0386,
or (775) 748-4000
Update #7 683-9618

LIGHTNING CAUSES MORE WILDFIRES IN ELKO COUNTY

Elko, Nev. – Firefighters contained four new wildfires in Elko County on Friday.

Four wildfires were each stopped at one acre or smaller on August 17, 2007. The Mile Marker 370 Fire about 18 miles east of Wells, Nev. on I-80 was quickly extinguished. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A widespread lightning storm caused two single-tree fires about eight miles southeast of Tecoma, Nev.

The Currie Canyon fire burned less than one acre in the Dolly Varden Mountains about nine miles northeast of Currie, Nev. in southern Elko County. A helicopter and engine were used to control the lightning-caused fire.

The Murdock Fire is currently burning in pinion/juniper and sagebrush about eight miles southwest of Montello, Nev. in steep heavy fuels. The fire is 477 acres and is 80% contained. The Great Basin Type III Incident Management Team (Easton) is managing the fire and hopes to declare it contained later today or tomorrow. Fire crews continue to mop-up hotspots and rehab fire line. There are 203 firefighters on scene.

“We’re in a Red Flag Warning today for gusty winds and low humidity,” said Shauna McIntosh-Harris, U.S. Forest Service Supervisory Dispatcher at Elko Interagency Dispatch Center “We’ve been extremely fortunate to only have a few fire starts given the sheer volume of lighting strikes in Elko County. We’ve been doubly fortunate to keep those fires small.”

Fire restrictions remain in effect for all public lands in northeastern Nevada and all open burning is banned in Elko County.

To report wildfires call (775) 738-FIRE, (775) 748-4000, or 911.

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