Sunday, July 15, 2007, 9:30 a.m.
Contact: (775) 748-4141 or (775) 748-4000, 753-0386
Pequop & Elko County Fires, Update #1
HIGHWAY 93 COMPLEX FIRE FLARES UP AND NEW FIRE
Elko, Nev. – Strong winds caused a flare-up on the West Basin Fire and lightning starts a new one.
The West Basin Fire flared up and slopped over containment lines yesterday afternoon. The slop over, estimated at around 50 acres, crossed over containment lines at the headwaters of Badger and Boulder Creeks. The flare up was the result of strong winds and extremely dry fuel conditions. Firefighters and aviation resources quickly responded to the fire and worked to slow its growth. Containment lines have been established and are being reinforced. Full containment on the flare up and slop over is now expected by 8:00 p.m. today.
The Highway 93 Complex is located 5 miles southeast of Jackpot, NV. The Complex includes the West Basin Fire (approximately 61,021 acres) and the Eccles Fire (approximately 19,559 acres). The Broyles’ Great Basin Type 1 National Incident Management Team is managing the complex. Acreage is now estimated at 80,580 acres with over 125 miles of fire line.
Elsewhere on the fire, crews continued rehabilitation efforts on dozer lines and grading of the main access roads on the south and east flanks on the West Basin Fire Saturday’s lightning started the Pequop Springs Fire about 20 miles west of Montello, Nev. The fire grew quickly to approximately 1,000 acres because of strong winds. The fire is currently estimated at 50% contained and is expected to be fully contained tonight.
“Crew worked all night on the Pequop Springs Fire,” said Bill Roach, Elko Interagency Dispatch Center Manager. “We got lucky in that we were able to divert resources departing the Highway 93 Complex directly to the fire. Fortunately we had enough air resources to slow the fire’s spread until ground crews could get there.”
Fire restrictions in northern and central Nevada will be 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, Churchhill, and White Pine counties. For more specific information go to: http://www.fire.blm.gov/restrictions.htm, http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/htnf/, http://www.forestry.state.nv.us, www.nifc.gov, http://gacc.nifc.gov/wgbc.
To report wildfires call (775) 738-FIRE, (775) 748-4000, or 911.