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Wednesday, July 25, 2007, 10:30 AM
Contact: (775) 748-4141 or (775) 748-4000
Elko County Fires, Update #20


Red House Complex – 71,340 acres, 100% containment

Boo Hoo Fire
approximately 70 miles SW of Carlin, NV
start date 7/18/07
27,157 acres, 100% contained

Red House Fire
approximately 15 miles west of Elko, NV
start date 7/17/07
35,175 acres, 100% contained

Marge Fire
approximately 10 miles west of Elko, NV
start date 7/18/07
9,008 acres, 100% contained

Cause: lightning
Status: mop-up and patrol
Molumby's California Type I Team will move and assume the Wild Horse Zone (Nevada side) of Murphy Complex at 6 AM on Thursday, 7/26/07

Hepworth Complex – 58,427 acres, 90% contained

Hepworth Fire
approximately 10 miles north of Wells, NV
start date 7/16/07
40,283 acres

Stephens Fire
approximately 20 miles southwest of Wells, NV
start date 7/16/07
8,121 acres

Independence Fire
approximately 15 miles southeast of Wells, NV
start date 7/19/07
256 acres

HD Summit Fire
approximately 5 miles northeast of Wells, NV
start 7/17/07
9,767 acres

cause: lightning
Status: mop-up and patrol
Saleen's Type 2 Great Basin Team from Idaho transitioned with a smaller team Tuesday evening, 7/24

Winecup Complex – 153,970 acres, 60% contained as of July 25, 8 AM
Current active fires include:

West Fork Fire
approximately 12 miles southeast of Jackpot, NV
start date 7/17/07
approximately 153,970 acres 

Cause: lightning
Status: Fire managers are concerned about the return of warm, dry weather which could cause hot spots to become active and the fire to spread. The intent for today is to spread resources around the perimeter to continue building and strengthening control lines. Where line is in place, firefighters will begin searching for and extinguishing hot spots within 100 feet of the perimeter. Four helicopters will be available to help as needed.
The fire is bordered on the east of Highway 93 and the south by Thousands Springs Valley Road. On the north side, it remains about 4 miles south of the Idaho border.

Murphy Complex – 623,350, 30% contained, as of July 24, 9 AM,

Rowland Fire/Elk Fires
30 miles southwest of Twin Falls, ID
start date 7/16/07
approximately 564,501 acres as of July 24, 9 AM

Scott Creek Fire
just west of the town of Jackpot
start date 7/17/07
approximately 58,849 acres as of July 25, 9 AM, 60% contained

cause: lightning
The Scott Creek Fire was transferred to the Murphy Complex due to logistical reasons as of Tuesday morning. Growth of the fire perimeter was in the southern divisions, in Jarbidge Ridge and Copper Mountain areas. Heavy air support was provided to crews along the southeast flank yesterday afternoon. The fire line continued to hold on the entire perimeter in Idaho and along the lower western boundary in Nevada. Fire activity in Scott Creek was low yesterday and last night.

Firefighters will continue to hold, patrol and mop up fire line in the northern divisions, as they did yesterday. On the southern divisions, firefighters will build a contingency line from Waterlog Summit east and along the Charleston Road near Bear Summit as an indirect strategy to keep the fire out of the wilderness. Direct fire line construction will be done well to the north. Initial attack capability throughout the district will be provided to assist local firefighting resources.

Idaho Power has restored power to Jarbidge and Murphy residents. Emergency generators should be installed and running in Owyhee and Mountain City by this afternoon. The Jarbidge Evacuation Order has been lifted for residents only, but they can only travel to Jarbidge through Murphy Hot Springs.

The Murphy Complex is being managed by Rich Hawkins' Type 1 Interagency Management Team from California. However, Thursday, 6 AM, July 26, Molumby's California Type I Team will move and assume the Wild Horse Zone of the fire(Nevada side) and Hawkin's Team will take control of the Castleford Zone of the fire (Idaho side) and Scott Creek.

Fire restrictions in northern and central Nevada will be in effect until further notice. Lands involved include federal, state, tribal, and the Humboldt, Pershing, Lander, Eureka, Elko, Esmeralda, and Nye County Fire Protection Districts and portions of Washoe, Lyon, Churchhill, and White Pine counties. For more specific information go to: http://www.fire.blm.gov/restrictions.htm, http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/htnf/, http://www.forestry.state.nv.us, www.nifc.gov, http://gacc.nifc.gov/wgbc.

The American Red Cross is available to residents that need assistance due to the wildfires. Please contact them at 775-385-5146 or 775-778-3504.

Information of Road Closures should be directed to the Nevada Department of Transportation by calling 511 or 1-888-NVROADS.

Three Area Closure Orders remain in effect for portions of the Jarbidge, Mountain City and Ruby Mountains Ranger Districts in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Please call the above information telephone numbers or refer to the above websites for details.

Fire Updates for the Winecup Complex and Murphy fire provide by the Fire Management Team


Murphy update 072507 0900.doc

Last updated: 03-27-2015