ELKO – A fire that started Thursday in Humboldt County has burned more than 650 square miles and reached the South Fork of the Owyhee River in Elko County.
The Martin Fire is 8 percent contained, according to fire officials.
The Bureau of Land Management has closed Wilson Reservoir Campground until further notice due to fire operations. The agency’s Elko District Office is planning a meeting at 5 p.m. July 11 to inform the public about the fire and others that broke out last week in eastern Elko County.
The Martin Fire was northwest of Elko and advancing in a northeast direction at a rate of about 15 miles per day, according to the BLM. The total area burned as of Monday evening was estimated at 425,065 acres.
The fire was reported around 12:25 a.m. July 5 about 4 miles northeast of Paradise Valley. Fire officials do not expect full containment until July 15.
“Crews and equipment are making excellent progress building containment lines along the extreme southeast flank of the fire as conditions safely permit, with air tankers dropping retardant, super scoopers following up with water, and water-dipping helicopters cooling the fire’s leading edges to slow its growth and spread,” fire officials reported.
Three wildland fires were active in eastern Elko County at last report.
The Echo Fire 25 miles south of Wells has burned 6,438 acres and is 41 percent contained. More than 300 personnel continue to battle the blaze, which is burning near three residences and the junction of State Route 229.
The Boone Springs Fire 42 miles southwest of Wendover has burned 3,073 acres and is 90 percent contained. Firefighters are working to ensure protection of the Boone Springs Station and the Dolly Varden Springs Ranch.
The Hogan Fire 25 miles southeast of Wells has burned 10,955 acres and is 25 percent contained.
The cause of all of the above fires is unknown.
Southeastern Elko County was under a flash flood watch Monday, with the potential for debris flows at the Hogan, Echo and Boone Springs fires that broke out last week.
The weather service is predicting a chance of thunderstorms in northeastern Nevada into Wednesday night.