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Tuesday, July 18, 2007, 8:00 p.m.
Contact: (775) 748-4141 or (775) 748-4000, 753-0386
Elko County Fires, Update #7

NEW FIRES IN ELKO COUNTY, EVACUATION

Elko, Nev. – Over 100,000 acres are burning in Elko County fires. Voluntary Evacuation Order issued for Jarbidge, Nevada; Mandatory Evacuation Order issue for Murphy Hot Springs 5 miles north of Jarbidge and Diamond A Ranch about 10 miles north of Jarbidge.

People may proceed to the Elko Convention Center, 700 Moren Way, in Elko. The American Red Cross is setting up housing and food for evacuees. People may bring a 5th wheel trailer and park in the Convention Center parking lot. Elko County Road 748 is open north and south of Jarbidge.
More than 20 fires are burning in Elko County including new, large fires.

The 39,799-acre Hepworth Complex consists of the Hepworth Fire approximately 10 miles northwest of Wells, Nevada and the Stevens Fire about 20 miles west of Wells. The Complex is estimated at 60% contained.

The Winecup Complex has burned 16,617 acres and is estimated at 40% contained. The Complex consists of the HD Summit Fire (9,769-acre) about 20 miles northeast of Wells; the 1,000 acre West Fork Fire and the Scott Creek Fire (5,848 acres) burning 12 miles west of Jackpot. The complex is being managed by a Type I Incident Management Team (Broyles).

The Twin Bridges Fire about 20 miles southwest of Spring Creek has burned about 2,000 acres. The fire was contained, escaped containment in strong winds, and was re-contained. The Bob’s Flat 3 Fire has burned approximately 8,000 acres west of Carlin.

The Camp Creek Basin Fire about 15 miles north of Carlin is estimated at 3,000 acres and was contained this evening. The Petan Fire is 100 miles northwest of Elko is estimated at 1,900 acres and was also contained tonight.

The Sansinena Fire about 20 miles west of Carlin has burned approximately 10,000 acres.

Several fires burned together to form the Red House Complex about 15 miles west of Elko and is estimated at 20,000 acres. The Easton Type III Incident Management Team is managing the Red House Complex and a Type II Team has been ordered. The fires grew in extremely strong winds.
The Boo Hoo Fire is burning in Pine Valley about 70 miles southwest of Carlin and is approximately 10,000 acres. The Marge Fire is south of the I-80 Hunter Exit about 10 miles west of Elko and burned approximately 5,000+ acres. A primary residence and several outbuildings were lost in the Marge Fire.

The Medive Fire is approximately 3,000 acres and is 8 miles east of Wild Horse Reservoir. The Willow Fire is 80 miles northwest of Elko and has burned approximately 3,000 acres.
The Valley Fire has been reported at 30 acres in Ruby Valley west of U.S. Highway 93 and south of SR 229.

“Elko County and all fire fighting agencies are working closely together to ensure public safety,” said Elko County Manager Rob Stokes.

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.

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Last updated: 04-07-2008