ELKO INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER
Tuesday, August 14, 2007, 5:30 pm
Contact: (775) 753-0386 or (775) 748-4000
MORE FIRES START IN ELKO COUNTY
Elko, Nev. – Two additional lightning-caused holdover fires broke out today and three human-caused fires were contained.
The Murdock Fire is currently burning about 8 miles southwest of Montello, Nev. The fire is 500 acres and growing in pinion/juniper and sagebrush, and is threatening isolated structures. There are 85 firefighters from the Tecoma Volunteer Fire Department, Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on scene.
Engines, bull dozers and single engine air tankers from Wells and Twin Falls, Idaho are being used to contain the Murdock Fire. Earlier today, heavy air tankers were used to drop fire retardant ahead of the fire. A Great Basin Type III Incident Management Team has been ordered and is expected to assume responsibility for the incident on August 15.
The Blanchard Fire is burning about 25 miles southeast of Jackpot, Nev. in pinion/juniper and sagebrush. The fire is estimated at 25 acres and was reported about 3 pm today. Because of its remote location, Wells Volunteer Department, NDF and BLM engines are currently making their way to the scene.
“In addition to these holdover fires from yesterday’s lighting, we had three human caused fires today,” said Elko Interagency Dispatch Center Manager Bill Roach. “One fire in the I-80 median at mile marker 331 burned about 1.5 acres and two fires near Palisades south of Carlin burned 1.5 and .5 acres. All three of those fires are contained and under investigation. Preliminary indications are the fires were caused by negligence as opposed to being intentional set.”
Roach added that the people are reminded that fire season is far from over. The current weather pattern of hot, windy, and isolated thunderstorms is forecast to stay this way through the end of the week. Fires will start just as easy now as six weeks ago. People are urged to be cautious with all outdoor activities.
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.