Sunday, July 22, 2007, 9:00 PM
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Elko County Fires, Update #15
SEVERE FIRE ACTIVITY IN NORTHEASTERN NEVADA CONTINUES
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. The potential exists for an upgrade to a Red Flag Warning on Monday morning. Listen for later forecasts and possible Red Flag Warnings from NOAA National Weather Service.
The Winecup Complex has now burned 192,738 acres and is estimated at 12% contained. The Complex contains the following large fires: the West Fork Fire (134,943 acres and 3% contained) is 23 miles southeast of Jackpot, Nevada; and the Scott Creek Fire (56,186 acres and 30% contained) burning 6 miles west of Jackpot. The Scott Creek Fire is still positioned to threaten the town of Jackpot, ranches, power lines and a power substation. The Elk Mountain Fire in Idaho may join the Scott Creek Fire within 24 hours. The West Fork Fire burned very actively yesterday and combined with the Dairy Valley Fire which moved into Nevada from Utah . The West Fork Fire continues to threaten livestock and several ranches. This fire continues to be managed by Broyles' type 1 team from Idaho.
The Murphy Complex (567,721 acres and 15% 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 1 mile west of the town of Jarbidge and 8 miles northeast of Mountain City. The Jarbidge Evacuation Order remains in effect. The Evacuation Order has been lifted for Murphy Hot Springs and the Diamond A Ranch. Power remains out to several communities in northern Nevada, including Jarbidge, and southern Idaho due to the loss of a 69KV power transmission line. The fire continued to move southwesterly into Sunflower Flat and towards Mountain City. The Murphy Complex is being managed by Rich Hawkins' Type 1 Interagency Management Team from California.
The Red House Complex (approximately 71,340 acres, 91% contained) 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 (35,175 acres and 82% contained) approximately 20 miles north of Carlin; the Marge Fire (9,008 acres and 100% contained) approximately 10 miles west of Elko; and the Boo Hoo Fire (27,157 acres and 100% contained) approximately 70 miles southwest of Carlin. The fire situation on this complex has greatly improved and Red House Camp will be shut down and all resources moved to the Carlin Camp.
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 Stevens Fire (approximately 8,121 acres) about 20 miles west of Wells. The Complex is estimated at 80% 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 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.
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.