Sunday, July 22, 2007, 10:00 AM
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Elko County Fires, Update #14
SEVERE FIRE ACTIVITY IN NORTHEASTERN NEVADA CONTINUES
Three new Area Closure Orders went into effect today in portions of the Jarbidge, Mountain City and Ruby Mountains Ranger Districts in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Please refer to the information at the end of this news release for details.
The National Weather Service in Elko, Nevada has issued a Fire Weather Watch for dry thunderstorms from Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening for central and northern Nevada. A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible Red Flag Warnings from NOAA National Weather Service.
The Winecup Complex has now burned well over 150,000 acres and is estimated at 20% contained. The Complex contains the following large fires: the West Fork Fire (100,000+ acres and 20% contained); and the Scott Creek Fire (50,000+ acres and 20% contained) burning 5 miles west of Jackpot. The Scott Creek Fire made significant eastward runs yesterday towards the town of Jackpot and increased greatly in size. There was also significant movement on the West Fork Fire yesterday. The West Fork Fire burned very actively and combined with the Dairy Valley Fire which moved into Nevada from Utah . These 2 fires will now be referred to as the West Fork Fire. This Fire has more than doubled in size. Aggressive suppression measures including air tankers and bulldozed fireline will be used today. This fire continues to be managed by Broyles' type 1 team.
The Murphy Complex (511,000 acres and 5% contained) consists of the Rowland and Elk Fires.
The Rowland fire is in both Nevada and Idaho while the Elk fire is in Idaho. The Rowland fire is approximately 5 miles northwest of the town of Jarbidge and has extended to both sides of Taylor and Meadow creeks 8 miles northeast of Mountain City. Jarbidge, Diamond A Ranch, and Murphy Hot Springs Evacuation Order remains in effect. The fire showed extreme fire behavior today and made significant movement towards Mountain City. The Murphy Complex is being managed by Rich Hawkins' Type 1 Interagency Management Team from California.
The Red House Complex is approximately 87,122 acres and is being managed by Bill Molumby's Type I Incident Management Team from California. The Red House Fire Complex consists of the Red House Fire (54,791 acres and 60% contained) approximately 15 miles west of Elko; the Marge Fire (9,008 acres and 90% contained) approximately 10 miles west of Elko; and the Boo Hoo Fire (23,323 acres and 90% contained) approximately 70 miles southwest of Carlin. The fire situation on this complex has improved and great progress has been made in containing these fires.
The 58,427 acre Hepworth Complex now consists of the HD Summit Fire (9,767 acres and 97% contained) 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 Stephens Fire (approximately 8,121 acres) about 20 miles west of Wells. The Complex is estimated at 75% contained. Efforts are being concentrated to contain as much of the fire as possible before possible dry thunderstorms arrive on Monday and Tuesday. This fire continues to be managed by Saleen's type 2 team.
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.
In order to protect public health, well being and safety due to severe fire activity in and around the northeastern part of Nevada, the following closures are in effect beginning at 3 P.M. on Saturday, July 21, 2007.
Jarbidge Ranger District, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Area Closure Order: All areas, roads and trails on the portion of the Jarbidge Ranger District that is north of the northern Jarbidge Wilderness area boundary, west of the Jarbidge River, east of the Jarbidge District boundary with the Mountain City Ranger District, and east from the town of Jarbidge including Jarbidge Canyon, Deer Creek, Buck Creek, Columber drainages, and all of the Elk Mountain area on the Jarbidge Ranger District, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest are now closed to public entry.
Mountain City Ranger District, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Area Closure Order: All areas, roads, trails and campgrounds east of State Highway 225, including, but not limited to: Sunflower Flats, Bruneau River, the portion of the Jarbidge Wilderness, and Copper Mountain on the Mountain City Ranger District, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest are now closed to public entry. Residents and property owners that have the legal right to access their personal residences and/or property for the rights of ingress and egress are exempt from the Closure.
Ruby Mountains Ranger District, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Area Closure Order: All areas, roads and trails within the portions of the Ruby Mountains Ranger District listed in the following legal description:
Township 35 North, Range 60 East, Sections; 1-8-5, 8-17, 20-29, and 32-36
township 35 North, Range 61 East, Sections; 6,7,18,19,30, and 31
Township 36 North, Range 60 East, Sections; 23-26, and 33-36
This includes the portion of the East Humboldt Wilderness within the above legal description, and the following creek drainages; Stephens Creek, First Boulder Creek, Second Boulder Creek, Third Boulder Creek , Forth Boulder Creek, Lost Creek and Ackler Creek.
Closures shall remain in effect until further notice.