Saturday, July 28, 2007, 2:00 PM
Contact: (208) 933-2310
NORTHEASTERN NEVADA-SOUTHERN IDAHO WILDFIRE UPDATE
A Joint Information Center has been established at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. This team was established to assist the information officers assigned to the Murphy Complex Fires. Inquiries or interviews for either fire can be made at this center. Hours of operation are 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM.
WINECUP COMPLEX FIRE
Date/Time Started: July 17, 2007 6:00 PM Cause: Lightning
Location: West Fork is 23 miles southeast of Jackpot, NV. Size: 163,767 acres
Containment: 100 percent Estimated Containment Cost: $4,650,000
With ten days of a coordinated attack, this fire is now 100 percent contained. Remaining crews will continue to mop up areas within containment lines. Rehabilitation activities are also continuing. Firefighting crews and equipment are being released. One firefighter did receive a minor injury and was able to resume duties after treatment. Fire management responsibilities will be returned to Elko District Bureau of Land Management officials Saturday evening. Further inquires should be directed to Mike Brown at 775-753-0386.
MURPHY COMPLEX FIRE
Date/Time Started: July 16, 2007 7:12 PM Cause: Lightning
Location: 30 miles southwest of Twins Falls Size: 659,993 acres
Containment: 80 percent Estimated Containment Cost: $6,600,000
Good progress was made with rehabilitation efforts on both the Castleford Zone Fire and Wild Horse Zone Fire. Operations will include patrol, mop-up, and direct line construction. Raft River Electric Company has begun repairs to power lines serving the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. Over 40 poles need replacement. Stage 2 fire restrictions are in effect. Continued progress on the Wild Horse is allowing Command Staff to look at full containment on Monday, July 30, 2007. Shortly after full containment, both fires will be returned to Bureau of Land Management officials.