Crews Busy Battling Two Large Nevada Wildfires

Firefighting crews were busy battling two large wildfires in Elko County Thursday, according to The Elko Daily Free Press.The Suzie Fire was estimated at 3,000 acres while the Sugarloaf Fire was estimated at 2,000 acres, BLM Elko Office spokeswoman...


Firefighting crews were busy battling two large wildfires in Elko County Thursday, according to The Elko Daily Free Press.

The Suzie Fire was estimated at 3,000 acres while the Sugarloaf Fire was estimated at 2,000 acres, BLM Elko Office spokeswoman Lesli Ellis told the newspaper.

The Sugarloaf Fire was reported at around 10 a.m., and the Suzie Fire was reported shortly after noon.

Lee Engine Company volunteers responded to the Suzie Fire to protect nearby structures at approximately 5:15 p.m.

The Sugarloaf Fire had one helicopter, two single-engine tankers, one Hot Shot crew and five engines on it while the Suzie Fire had some smoke jumpers, two hand crews, two helicopters and various interagency firefighters and volunteers on the scene, according to the report.

"We are trying to keep on top of a very unpredictable situation," Ellis said. "We have a very knowledgeable and dedicated force on the line doing what is necessary to ensure the safety and well being of residents who might become affected by this."

Neither fire was contained.