Since Sunday, Aug. 5, there have been more than 85 new fire starts from approximately 13,000 lightning strikes reported in Elko County due to lightning cells passing through the District. These lightning cells are anticipated until next Tuesday, Aug. 14.
There are four fires burning near Mountain City, Nev. that forced the evacuation of residents late last night. A fire line was established outside the city and residents were allowed back into their residences four hours later.
These four fires are the Lime, Brown's Gulch, Hunter and Homer fires and have combined today as the Bull Run Complex. A Type-2 Incident Management Team from Washington State has been assigned to this complex and is led by David Leach. There are various resources assigned to these fires and more are being assigned.
The Willow Fire, estimated at 29,000 acres, is burning 40 miles north of Battle Mountain, Nev. This fire is burning into an area that was burned last year and is slowing and is 55 percent contained. Structure protection has been assigned for the town of Tuscarora. There were several outbuilding that were destroyed by the Willow fire, but no primary residences have been damaged. There are 298 personnel assigned to this fire with Type 1 and 2 helicopters, 20 engines, 4 dozers, 3 water tenders and 9 type 1 and 2 crews.
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All of these fires will be updated daily on Inciweb: http://www.inciweb.org/