ELKO INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER
Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 7:30 am
Contact: (775) 753-0386 or (775) 748-4000
WILDFIRES CONTINUE IN ELKO COUNTY
Elko, Nev. – Two wildfires grow in Elko County.
The Murdock Fire is currently burning about 8 miles southwest of Montello, Nev. in steep heavy fuels. The fire is 750 acres and growing in pinion/juniper and sagebrush, and is threatening isolated structures. The fire is estimated at 10% contained. There are 129 firefighters from the Tecoma Volunteer Fire Department, Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on scene.
One Type I hotshot crew, five Type II crews, two helicopters, eight engines, and two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS) from Wells and Twin Falls, Idaho are being used to contain the Murdock Fire. A Great Basin Type III Incident Management Team (Easton) has arrived and taken over responsibility for the incident.
The Blanchard Fire is burning about 40 miles southeast of Jackpot, Nev. in pinion/juniper and sagebrush. The fire is estimated at 40 acres. Firefighters from the Wells Volunteer Department, BLM, and 16 Great Basin smokejumpers from Winnemucca and Twin Falls are fighting the fire.
“An NDF engine crew also put out the human-caused High Hope Fire on Tuesday afternoon 23 miles north of Wells,” said BLM Elko Assistant Fire Management Officer Jeff Arnberger. “The fire burned less than half an acre and was right next to Highway 93 – suggesting a careless traveler started the fire.”
Arnberger added that there have been nine fires in Elko County in the past 48 hours – five caused by lightning and four human caused. Because of continuing high temperatures, wind, and large amounts of dry vegetation, fires will start extremely easily. People are urged to be cautious with all outdoor activities.
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.