Monday, July 23, 2007, 9:00 PM
Contact: (775) 748-4141 or (775) 748-4000
Elko County Fires, Update #17
NORTHEASTERN NEVADA WILDFIRE UPDATE
A Public Meeting concerning the wildfires in northeastern Nevada will be held on Tuesday, July 24 at the Elko Convention Center. The meeting will begin at 7 P.M. (Pacific Daylight Savings Time). The meeting will be hosted by the Area Command Team coordinating efforts on the Murphy Complex, Winecup Complex, Hepworth Complex and Red House Complex Fires. Information will be provided on the current status of the fires.
Lower winds and much heavier cloud conditions slowed fire activity today over many of the fires in northeastern Nevada. The Winecup Complex has now burned 205,847 acres and is estimated at 21% containment. The Complex contains the following large fires: the West Fork Fire (146,392 acres and 5% contained) is 23 miles southeast of Jackpot, Nevada; and the Scott Creek Fire (58,849 acres and 60% contained) burning 6 miles west of Jackpot. The Scott Creek Fire is just west of the town of Jackpot. High winds caused breakouts on the West Fork Fire again today.
The fire moved closer to Idaho heading northwest in the area of Trout Creek. An estimated 10,000 acre breakout occurred in the Badger Creek, Dry Creek area on the west flank of the fire. Fireline held on the east flank of the Scott Creek Fire. Broyles' Type 1 Team will transfer command of the Scott Creek Fire to the Hawkins Type 1 Team at 0600 on Tuesday, July 24 as the Scott Creek Fire is expected to join the Elk Mountain Fire. Kim Martin's Rocky Mountain Area Type 1 Team will assume command of the West Fork Fire.
The Murphy Complex (562,278 acres and 20% contained) consists of the Rowland and Elk Fires. The Rowland fire is in Nevada and Idaho while the Elk fire is in Idaho. The Rowland fire is approximately 1 mile west of the town of Jarbidge and 8 miles northeast of Mountain City. The Jarbidge Evacuation Order remains in effect and power remains out to the community as well as several other communities in northern Nevada. The northern portions of the fire have held for the past 2 days with good progress on line construction. Good progress was also made on the southwestern flank to protect the Duck Valley Indian Reservation and the community of Mountain City. Heavy air attack on the lower east flank near Jarbidge was used to hold the containment line. The fire continued to move southwesterly into Sunflower Flat towards Point of Rocks. Cattle on the Mountain City Ranger District should be moved to a minimum of 10 miles away from the perimeter of the fire to aid firefighters in firefighting efforts. The Murphy Complex is being managed by Rich Hawkins' Type 1 Interagency Management Team from California.
The Red House Complex has been 100% contained. Rehabilitation is being managed by Bill Molumby's Type I Incident Management Team from California and has been completed on the Marge Fire. Rehabilitation is expected to be completed on the Red House and Boo Hoo Fires by the end of tomorrow's shift. Total acreage for the Red House Complex remains at 71,340.
The 58,427 acre Hepworth Complex now consists of the HD Summit Fire (9,767 acres) about 5 miles northeast of Wells; Independence Valley Fire (256 acres) about 15 miles south of Wells; the Hepworth Fire (40,283 acres) approximately 10 miles northwest of Wells; and the Stevens Fire (approximately 8,121 acres) about 20 miles west of Wells. The Complex is estimated at 90% contained. Efforts are being concentrated to contain as much of the fire as possible before expected dry thunderstorms arrive on Monday and Tuesday. This fire continues to be managed by Saleen's Type 2 Great Basin team from Idaho.
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.
The American Red Cross is available to residents that need assistance due to the wildfires. Please contact them at 775-385-5146 or 775-778-3504.
Three Area Closure Orders remain in effect for portions of the Jarbidge, Mountain City and Ruby Mountains Ranger Districts in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Please call the above information telephone numbers or refer to the above websites for details.