ELKO INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER
Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2007, 8:30 am
Contact: (775) 753-0386 or (775) 748-4000
LIGHTNING FIRES CONTAINED IN ELKO COUNTY
Elko, Nev. – Three lightning-caused wildfires were contained in Elko County Tuesday evening.
A thunderstorm passing through Elko County late Tuesday left three fires in its wake.
The Railroad Pass fire was contained at approximately 150 acres 12 miles south of Jiggs, Nev. Firefighters from the Jiggs Volunteer Fire Department and Bureau of Land Management used engines and a helicopter to contain the blaze. The fire was in the area previously burned in the 1999 Sadler Fire.
The Rattlesnake Fire burned one acre in heavy brush about 20 miles southwest of Jiggs near Harrison Pass. The fire was contained by firefighters with the Jiggs Volunteer Fire Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and BLM. The nearby Black Mountain Fire burned less than acre and was contained by BLM firefighters enroute to the Railroad Pass Fire.
“We had lightning yesterday evening until 11 pm.,” said Elko Interagency Dispatch Center Manager Bill Roach. “We’ll be doing detection flights today looking for any smoke from yesterday’s lightning activity.”
Roach added that conditions are still extremely dry and more lightning is forecasted for today. Recent storms through the area have been accompanied by strong, erratic and gusty winds making fires easy to start and difficult to contain.
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.