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Three fires in Nye County leave officials wondering by Mary Lamar Gazette Staff PAHRUMP--Monday a late afternoon fire blazed through southwest Pahrump ,about 150 acres were in danger of being destroyed. Several residents made calls to the fire department reporting large amounts of smoke around 4:45 p.m. in the area of Gamebird and Barney roads. Fire Chief Vern Long of the Pahrump Volunteer Fire Department stated, firefighters from PVFD, Nye County Road Department (NCRD) water tender, Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF), US Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and a BLM Helicopter re- sponded to the fire. Firefighters worked diligently to clear a staging area for resource equipment. Water tenders from PVFD, BLM, and ' NCRD were brought in. Two folding dump tanks holding approximately 2,500 gallons of water each were at the scene. Several patrols from local and nearby agencies were made available. A helicopter with a 120 gallon water tank capacity was also utilized to combat the blazd. The remoteness of the fire created uncertainty for water tenders. Several long and bumpy trips off Barney Road to Highway 372 and Comstock Road were necessary to obtain the water needed for the fire. The blaze was located approximately three to four miles off Highway 372 on south Barney. The temperature was near 100 degrees, the humidity was about 48 percent. There were approximately 55 firefighters, each crew rotated clearing brush. Because of the intense heat the shifts lasted about 20 to 30 minutes. The fire blazed well into the night, BLM crews and PVFD water tenders remained at the scene. Camp crews Continued on page 12 Esmeralda District Attorney Evenson quits GOLDFIELD- District Attorney Steve Evenson turned in his resignation Tuesday at the Esmeralda County Commis- sion meeting. Evenson was in the middle ofarecall effort. He had 18 months left to serve of his four year elected term. The following is Evenson's statement: An open letter to the residents of Esmeraida County: As many of you know the last several months have been very trying for me. My wife has been having a miserable pregnancy, I have lost two jury trials, a recall petition has been filed against me and I turned thirty. This has made me take a serious look at my life, where I am and where I need to go. When I came here three years ago, I was not married, let alone preparing to be a father. I love my wife and I love our baby. I also love my life in Esmeralda County and the many, many friends I have made here. The recall petition, after verification of signatures, has 22 more signatures than necessm'y to force an election. Over the last several days about 10 people have asked that their names be removed: Thus, the reaU is, in my opinion, dead. This is not an overwhelming mandate from the people of Esmeralda County. It is a political payback for not doing what somebody wanted me to do. Of course, the recall will be paid for with all taxpayer money and not just Bill Wright's. Best interests of the county be damned. I have done nothing wrong. I have committed no crime. I have not broken any ethical standards. I have not misused county money. I have not abused my authority. I have not mused the county any liability or unnecessary expenses. In fact, I have done everything I can to avoid those problems. I have passed two bills through the Nevada Legislature. I have had an estimated conviction rate of over 90 percent for all crimes charged. I have revised the county personnel policy. I have written several ordinances for TV Boards, park boards and other entities. I have donated my time and money to nearly every civic and charitable organization in the county. I have worked in this office, day and night, weekends and holidays since the day I walked in the door. I have made housecalls and I never charged any county resident a consultation fee for wanting legal advice. In short, I am proud of my record and stand by each and every decision I have made. I have made mistakes and I have adrnitted those mistakes and apologized when necessary. I am an emo- tional person and I am passionate about what I do, anybody who has ever known me will say the same thing. Isu--ppose it ispossible to care too much and let your emotiom get the best of you. However, I love my wife and my baby a lot more than I love this job. I will not spend the first months of my child's life fighting the sour grapes and hurt feelings of those who feel that I have not worked hard enough for the county or in the county's best interest. I want to list a couple of examples. A county commissioner told me he was having nothing to do with the recall, then his wife circulated a petition and he signed it. Another county commis- sioner, when told of the $25,000.00 appropriation for the Gold- field Chamber of Comnree building, said "that's nice now why don't you go get some money for a new ambulance for Gold- field." The County Clerk and some members of her staff told me that an apology I made "wasn't good enough." They then proceeded to take me to the state ethics commission. A claim Continued on page8