Tuesday, July 19, 2007, 9:00 a.m.
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Elko County Fires, Update #8
NEW FIRES IN ELKO COUNTY, EVACUATION
Elko, Nev. – Over 130,000 acres are burning in Elko County fires. Jarbidge, Murphy Hot Springs, and the Diamond A Ranch were evacuated last night.
Fifteen fires are burning in Elko County including the southern portion of the Rowland Fire in Idaho which is estimated at 183,000 acres. The fire is pushing south into the Jarbidge foothills. There is a dozer line around the town of Jarbidge which remains evacuated and the area is closed. Fire fighters are currently holding the fire at Murphy Hot Springs. The Rowland Fire is being managed by Twin Falls, Idaho, Bureau of Land Management.
The estimated 42,000-acre Hepworth Complex consists of the Hepworth Fire (36,376 acres) approximately 10 miles northwest of Wells, Nevada and the Stevens Fire (approximately 6,000 acres) about 20 miles west of Wells. The Complex is estimated at 60% contained. Strong winds caused the Stevens Fire to nearly double in size yesterday. Several homes were threatened.
The Winecup Complex has burned 16,617 acres and is estimated at 40% contained. The Complex consists of the HD Summit Fire (9,769 acres and 90% contained) 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. Ten of the twelve known fires in the Winecup Complex were corralled yesterday and will be in patrol status today. 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 2,100 acres and is 70% contained. The Bob’s Flat 3 Fire has burned approximately 8,000 acres west of Carlin and is 70% contained.
The Sansinena Fire about 20 miles west of Carlin has burned approximately 10,000 acres.
The Red House Complex about 15 miles west of Elko and is estimated at 30,000 acres and 5% contained. The Easton Type III Incident Management Team is managing the Red House Complex and a Type II Team has been ordered.
The Boo Hoo Fire is burning in Pine Valley about 70 miles southwest of Carlin and is approximately 15,000 acres and is estimated at 15% contained. The Marge Fire is south of the I-80 Hunter Exit about 10 miles west of Elko and burned approximately 5,000+ acres and 10% contained.
The Medive Fire is approximately 3,000 acres and is 8 miles east of Wild Horse Reservoir. The Medive Fire is estimated at 10% contained. The Willow Fire is 80 miles northwest of Elko and has burned approximately 3,000 acres. The Sunflower Flat Fire is approximately 60 north of Elko and is 40 acres and 80% contained.
“Elko County and all fire fighting agencies are saying a big thank you to the residents of Jarbidge for their cooperation with last night’s evacuation,” said Nevada Regional Forester Tom Turk. “These are difficult situations and we appreciate everyone pulling together. There still remains a threat to the area and today’s weather will dictate the residents’ return to Jarbidge.”
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.