Monday, August 20, 2007; 5:30 pm
Contact: Lisa Ortega (702) 683-9618 or
Mike Brown (775)753-0386,
or (775) 748-4000
WILDFIRE ACTIVITY CONTINUES IN ELKO COUNTY
Elko, Nev. – Fire line on the Party Fire holds in high winds; new fire controlled near Wendover.
Fire fighters held the Party Fire today to no significant growth despite high, gusty winds. The fire has been re-estimated at 3,500 acres and is 60% contained. A mapping flight to get exact acreage has not occurred, but is planned for Tuesday.
The fire is human caused and is under investigation. At one point, the Party Fire threatened the town of Carlin and closed I-80 for a four-hour period. Approximately 200 fire fighters are on scene now. Fire fighters worked all night Sunday night securing fire line. Carlin and I-80 are no longer threatened.
“Local community Volunteer Fire Departments, City of Carlin, Newmont, TS Ranch, Nevada Division of Forestry, and Bureau of Land Management agency who did the initial attack are credited with stopping the fire’s advance on I-80, Carlin, and threatening other resources,” said Dave Easton, Type III Incident Commander. “They deserve a huge thank you for stopping this fire especially given Sunday’s high winds.”
Fire fighters responded to a second fire today in Pilot Valley about 12 miles north of Wendover. A vehicle caught fire and burned less than a tenth of an acre of adjacent land. The Tecoma Volunteer Fire Department was first on the scene and helped local people control the fire.
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.