More detailed mapping of a group of wildfires east of Elko is expected in the coming days.
The Southeast Fire Centre says at this time, recent weather has helped clear away smoke around a group of wildfires near Lodgepole Forest Service Road.
Information Officer Karlie Shaughnessy says increased visibility will help fire crews come up with a strategy on how to tackle the blazes.
“Due to all the smoke from the pas week, we’ve been unable to accurately map the perimeters of these fires,” Shaughnessy says. “So now that we are seeing some clearer skies, we are going to be able to go out to these fires, find out how much they’ve grown and how large they are and the region where their perimeters expand into.”
The blazes were last measured at around 2,700 hectares, with the Lodgepole fire the largest at over 1,751 hectares.
The Soowa Mountain fire was 909 hectares while the Centre Mountain blaze covered 27 hectares.
She says increased visuals will help fire crews come up with a strategy on how to tackle the blazes.
“When there’s less smoke in the air, things are easier to see on the ground,” Shaughnessy says. “It clears up our visibility and we’re able to fly the fires or we’re able to position crews in areas where it is safe to do so.”
Crews were pulled near Elko last week due to safety concerns.
All three fires are burning in remote areas and not threatening communities.
– Southeast Fire Centre Information Officer, Karlie Shaughnessy
– Jeff Johnson