Friday, August 31, 2007, 10:30 am
Contact: (775) 753-0386 or (775) 748-4000
MOPPING UP FIRES AFTER THE STORM
Elko, Nev. – Fire fighters have contained all fires in Elko County which resulted from Thursday’s thunderstorm.
Fire fighters are mopping up the last of nine fires which resulted from a thunderstorm which raced through Elko County Thursday afternoon.
The largest fire was the Hilltop Fire which burned 40 acres near Star Valley. Crews are mopping up the fire today which is contained. The Zunino Fire near Jiggs burned 5 acres and is contained. Three small fires each under an acre were contained east of Wells.
“We’re doing reconnaissance flights today across the storm’s path to look for any holdover fires from yesterday’s activity,” said BLM Fire Duty Officer Dylan Rader. “Yesterday’s storm created extremely hazardous driving conditions on I-80 from the blowing ash and dust from earlier fires this summer.”
Rader added that blowing dust and ash can happen anywhere in the county and people should not drive into zero visibility conditions. Pull over to side of the road, stop, turn off vehicle lights and wait for the storm to pass.
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.