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ELKO INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER
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Sunday, July 8, 2006, 7:30 am Contact: (775) 748-4141
West Basin & Elko County Fires, Update #6 or (775) 748-4000, 753-0386

FOUR WILDFIRES BURNING IN ELKO COUNTY


Elko, Nev. – Fire fighters in Elko County are making progress on area wildfires.

“We’re holding our own and making good progress on this series of fires in Elko County,” said Nevada Division of Forestry Fire Management Officer Sam Hicks. “More resources are arriving and are giving us a much needed hand.”

The West Basin Fire is currently burning about 4 – 5 miles east of Jackpot and has grown to 50,000 acres and crossed into Idaho. A Type I Incident Management Team (Broyles) is transitioning on the fire with the Type III Team (Petersen) currently on scene. The fire is estimated at 15% contained and is burning in sagebrush, grass, and juniper. 119 fire fighters are fighting the fire. The fire is threatening the California National Historic Trail. Smoke warnings remain in effect for travelers on U.S. Highway 93.

The Eccles Fire is burning about 30 miles northeast of Wells in sagebrush, grass, pinion, and juniper. The fire grew rapidly yesterday and is currently estimated at 8,000 acres and 15% contained. Broyles Type I Incident Management Team will assume responsibility for the Eccles Fire as well as the West Basin Fire.

The Harrison Fire is burning on both sides of Harrison Pass about 30 miles southwest of Elko. The fire is estimated at 375-400 acres. Fire fighters are getting a handle on the Harrison Fire and resources are being demobilized to help with other fires.

The 1,000-acre Mile Marker 288 Fire is burning 12 miles west of Elko on the north side of I-80 threatening the Interstate, the California National Historic Trail, and the California Trail Center currently under construction. It is estimated at 10% contained. I-80 is currently open.

“In situations like these with multiple fires, we cannot overstress the importance of fire fighter and public safety,” said Nevada Division of Forestry State Forester Pete Anderson. “Travelers need to watch out for smoky conditions – especially on I-80 and U.S. 93. We recommend people call for road information before leaving home on a trip. Call 877-687-6237 for current Nevada road conditions.”

Fire restrictions are in effect for all public lands in northeastern Nevada and all open burning is banned in Elko County.

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

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Last updated: 04-07-2008