The Martin Creek Fire was at 516 square miles, approximately 330,000 acres, by 7pm Sunday evening. The 517 personnel battling the blaze have it 8% contained. Aerial resources continue their onslaught to help cool and slow the fire to enable the dozers to set firelines on the northern and southern edges, and hopefully reduce the size of the eastern front. With the extremely heavy fuel loads firefighters are battle a 45 feet high wall that can move up to 11 mph. The above normal temperatures and low humidity levels along with the south-west winds are presenting challenges for the day and night struggle to contain the blaze. Over the last 48 hours the fire has burned an average of 15 miles a day. As it moves onto flatter ground that is less rocky and has green Siberian wheat grass, it is hoped the fire will slow, giving bulldozers and engines a chance to catch up and crews to build containment lines. With the fire advancing into the Elko district Beth Lund’s Type I Great Basin Management Team #1 will assume command of suppression efforts on the eastern front. Paradise efforts will continue under Taiga Rohrer’s Type II Great Basin Incident Management Team.
Information in this article was provided by Inciweb.
As of 7:45a on July 9th, the fire is just under 400,000 acres (399,429).