Monday, July 16, 2007, 8:00 p.m.
Contact: (775) 748-4141 or (775) 748-4000, 753-0386
Elko County Fires, Update #3
NEW FIRES BLANKET ELKO COUNTY
Elko, Nev. –Thunder storms and lightning caused about 31 fires in Elko County today. U.S. Highway 93 north of Wells is closed for 30 miles to the HD Summit. Tabor Creek Campground (30 miles northwest of Wells) evacuation order issued.
31 new fires started Monday in Elko County caused by lightning in wide spread thunderstorms. The fires total approximately 12,000 acres. Fire fighters contained 12 of the blazes and 19 fires continue.
The largest fire is the Hepworth Fire near Metropolis, Nevada. The Hepworth Fire has burned 5,000+ acres, threatened several structures, and is currently threatening the Tabor Creek Campground. A Type II Incident Management Team is en route to Elko now.
The HD Fire about 20 miles northeast of Wells has burned an estimated 4,000 acres and is threatening U.S. Highway 93. Highway 93 is currently closed from Wells north about 30 miles to the HD Summit.
The Stevens Fire is burning in Starr Valley and is threatening ranches and cattle. Structure protection resources are there and more resources are in en route. A Type III Incident Management Team is also en route and will assume management of the Stevens Fire.
The Type I Incident Management Team (Broyles) who has been managing the Highway 93 Complex the past week will assume management of the fires north east of Wells which is called the Winecup Complex.
“Elko County Volunteer Fire Departments and all agency fire fighters had a rough day today,” said Nevada Division of Forestry Regional Forester Tom Turke. “They performed magnificently responding to more than 30 fires almost at the same time all across Elko County. Resources have been stretched to the limit today.”
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.