U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
 
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Monday, August 20, 2007, 9 am
Contact: Lisa Ortega (702) 683-9618
or Mike Brown (775)753-0386,
or (775) 748-4000
Update #8

WILDFIRE ACTIVITY CONTINUES IN ELKO COUNTY

Elko, Nev. – One fire contained, a new one starts.

The Party Fire seven miles west of Carlin, Nev. has burned approximately 4,200 acres and is about 50% contained. The fire is human caused and is under investigation. The fire started close to midnight Saturday night and grew rapidly Sunday in high winds. The fire showed extreme fire behavior with running, torching and spotting. The town of Carlin was threatened and I-80 was closed for a four-hour period Sunday afternoon.

More than 120 firefighters responded to the fire and used 12 engines and 3 helicopters to fight the Party Fire burning on the north side of I-80. The Great Basin Type III Incident Management Team (Easton) is managing the fire. Containment is estimated for August 22, 2007. Fire crews will work with Nevada Department of Transportation staff today to repair right-of-way fencing to keep livestock off I-80.

The Murdock Fire was declared contained and will be monitored from the air and on the ground. The fire burned 477 acres in pinion/juniper and sagebrush about eight miles southwest of Montello, Nev.

“We were very fortunate that we had the extra fire fighting resources here in Elko County when the Party Fire started,” said Bill Roach Elko Interagency Dispatch Center Manager. “Easton’s Type III Team had just contained the Murdock Fire when the new one got going. Fire firefighters are prepared for gusty winds today on the Party Fire.”

Roach added that the recent smoky conditions are the result of several factors – weather conditions allowing smoke from Idaho and southern Oregon to travel to northeastern Nevada; the current Party Fire; and gust winds which have stirred up ash and dust from this summer’s fires in Elko County.

Fire restrictions remain 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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