Friday, July 27, 2007, 12:00 PM
Contact: (208) 933-2310
Fax: (208) 933-2311
NORTHEASTERN NEVADA-SOUTHERN IDAHO WILDFIRE UPDATE
A Joint Information Center has been established at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. This team was established to assist the information officers assigned to the Winecup and the Murphy Complex Fires. Inquiries or interviews for either fire can be made at this center. Hours of operation are 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM.
WINECUP COMPLEX FIRE
Date/Time Started: July 17, 2007 6:00 PM Cause: Lightning
Location: West Fork is 23 miles southeast of Jackpot, NV. Size: 162,158 acres
Containment: 75 percent Estimated Containment Cost: $4,100,000
Significant progress has been made in the last 48 hours. Recent rains have improved fire conditions and assisted with containment of the Winecup Fire. Incident Commander Kim Martin's team expects full containment by Saturday, July 28, 2007. There are 699 firefighters continuing to aggressively bring this fire to full containment. Rehabilitation activities are progressing in areas where conditions permit. Some firefighting teams and equipment are being released and sent to other assignments. There have been no injuries during the last operational period. There are no evacuations or closures in effect.
MURPHY COMPLEX FIRE
Date/Time Started: July 16, 2007 7:12 PM Containment: 70 percent
Location: 30 miles southwest of Twins Falls Size: 659,993 acres
Cause: Lightning Estimated Containment Cost: $5,200,000
Firefighting efforts combined with recent rains have lead to an increase in containment on the Murphy Complex Fire. Firefighters and equipment continue a concentrated effort to secure a line on the southern flank of the fire. The Murphy Complex is a combination of two wildland fires. To the north, the Castleford Zone is under Incident Commander Richard Hawkins. The southern zone, Wild Horse Zone, is under Incident Commander Bill Molumby. A total of 1,420 firefighters continue working the fires under a unified command. Some of these crews are being released as remaining crews see the fire coming to an end. Full containment is expected early next week.