ELKO INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER
Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 6:00 pm
Contact: Lisa Ortega (702) 683-9618 or call (775) 748-4000
WILDFIRES CONTINUE IN ELKO COUNTY
Elko, Nev. – Firefighters holding their own and gaining on two Elko County wildfires.
The Murdock Fire is currently burning about 8 miles southwest of Montello, Nev. in steep heavy fuels. The fire is 477 acres and is 25% contained. The decrease in size from earlier reports is due to more accurate mapping. It is burning in pinion/juniper and sagebrush, and is threatening isolated structures. There are 129 firefighters on scene. A Great Basin Type III Incident Management Team (Easton) took over responsibility for the incident today.
The Blanchard Fire is burning about 40 miles southeast of Jackpot, Nev. in pinion/juniper and sagebrush. The fire is still estimated at 40 acres and is 90% contained. Full containment is expected later today or early Thursday.
“We’re in Red Flag conditions right now and the forecast does not look good through the weekend,” said BLM Elko Assistant Fire Management Officer Jeff Arnberger. “Thunderstorms with lightning, high winds, high temperatures, and a lot of dried fuels can be a volatile combination.”
Arnberger added that eight smoke jumpers are being released from the Blanchard Fire so they will be available for initial attack in northeastern Nevada the next several days. All fire fighting agencies are continuing to urge people 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.