Monday, July 24, 2007, 9:00 AM
Contact: (775) 748-4141 or (775) 748-4000
Elko County Fires, Update #18
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.
The Winecup Complex has now burned 155,579 acres and is estimated at 5% containment. The Complex consists of the the West Fork Fire (23 miles southeast of Jackpot, Nevada and seven other contained fires. Three breakouts on the West Fork Fire yesterday totaled approximately 16,000 acres. Firefighters continue to construct line in the Trout Creek/Goose Creek area and Mustang Draw. It is estimated that the fire is now 2-3 miles from the Idaho border. Kim Martin's Rocky Mountain Area Type 1 Team will assume command of the West Fork Fire on Wednesday, July 25, at 6 AM.
The Murphy Complex (562,278 acres and 20% contained) consists of the Rowland, Elk and Scott Creek Fires. The Scott Creek Fire was transferred to the Murphy Complex due to logistical reasons as of today at 6 A.M. The Scott Creek Fire (58,849 acres, 60% contained) is just west of the town of Jackpot. 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. However,electricity and telephone service has been restored to Jarbidge. Good progress on the northern and southwestern portions of the fire have been made for the past 2 days. However, the fire continued to move southwesterly into Sunflower Flat towards Point of Rocks. Cattle on the Mountain City Ranger District should be moved off of the National Forest 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. Patrol and rehabilitation is being managed by Bill Molumby's Type I Incident Management Team from California and the Team will be reassigned to another Fire Complex on Wednesday. The Red House Complex consists of the Red House Fire (35,175 acres), Boo Hoo (27,157 acres) and Marge Fire (9,008 acres). 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. Containment of Hepworth Fires is expected tonight. The fire will continue to be monitored and patrolled. Many of the firefighters on the fire will be reassigned to other fires or used in initial attack if new fires occur. Management of this fire will transfer from Saleen's Type 2 Great Basin team from Idaho to a smaller team tonight. Incident Commander Merrill Saleen wishes to thank the community, ranchers, fire and sheriff departments for their excellent cooperation and support.
Cloud cover and afternoon thunderstorms with lightning and scattered rain is expected this week. The potential exists for isolated flash floods to occur.
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.
Information of Road Closures should be directed to the Nevada Department of Transportation by calling 511 or 1-888-NVROADS.
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.