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ELKO INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER
News Release

Wednesday, July 12, 2007, 7:00 a.m. Contact: (775) 748-4141
West Basin & Elko County Fires, Update #14 or (775) 748-4000, 753-0386


WEATHER HELPS FIREFIGHTERS


Elko, Nev.  Cooler temperatures and higher humidity aid in fire suppression effort.

The Highway 93 Complex is located five miles southeast of Jackpot, Nev., and is currently 81,833 acres. The West Basin Fire was last mapped at 62,274 acres and is approximately 60% contained. The Eccles Fire is 19,559 acres and approximately 80%. The complex is estimated at 70% contained and is burning in sagebrush, grass, and juniper. 519 people are working on the fires. The Type I Incident Management Team (Broyles) is managing the fires.

Last night firefighters continued mopping up hot spots on the east flank of the West Basin Fire, in the area south of Devils Pass. This was the last night shift for crews on the fire due to the significant progress made over the last few days. The Eccles Fire did not have firefighters on it last night.

There were a number of wind events that occurred late yesterday afternoon and early evening. Despite these events Type 1 Incident Commander Paul Broyles reported that everything held fine.

The complex continues to threaten livestock, wildlife forage, mule deer and sage grouse habitat.

Smoke and blowing dust/ash warnings remain in effect for travelers on U.S. Highway 93. People are advised that there will be increased emergency vehicle/fire fighting traffic on Highway 93 and to be careful.

For more information on the Highway 93 Complex visit the Fire Website at www.inciweb.org or call Fire Information at the Incident Command Post - 1-800-958-1379.

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.

To report wildfires call (775) 738-FIRE, (775) 748-4000, or 911.

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Last updated: 04-07-2008