Heat plagues Crews Fighting Huge Wildfires Across Northern Nevada

Hot, dry weather is plaguing firefighters in their battle against 20 wildfires that have blackened more than 700 square miles, or 455,000 acres, across northern Nevada over the last week.

The bulk of the mostly lightning-caused blazes are in Elko County, where residents of tiny Jarbidge near the Idaho border remain under an evacuation order and an unknown number of ranches are threatened. No damage to structures or injuries were reported.

Officials are trying to make as much progress as possible before the expected return of another round of dry thunderstorms later today and tomorrow.

Fire officials say the 511,000 acre Murphy complex has pushed south from Idaho to within seven miles of Jarbidge. They say while roughly 90 percent of the fire is in Idaho, the most active part of it is in Nevada.

Officials say the three-state 150,000 acre Winecup complex has burned within five miles of Jackpot along the Idaho border. While the complex to the east of west of Jackpot also covers parts of Idaho and Utah, an estimated 80 percent of it is in Nevada.

The Winecup complex is 20 percent contained, while the Murphy complex is five percent contained.

Also in Elko County, officials report major progress against the 87,000 acre Red House complex south and west of Elko and the 58-thousand-acre Hepworth complex north of Wells.

Elsewhere, the 133,000 acre Antelope complex south and west of Battle Mountain is 30 percent contained, while the 38,000 acre Cathedral Fire southwest of Ely is 60 percent contained.

Just west of Reno, the 27,000 acre Hawken fire was all but contained after once threatening hundreds of homes.


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