Crews Making Progress on Nevada Wildfires

Firefighters have contained a complex of wildfires burning west of Elko. And they're making progress today on three other large fire complexes, including one that has burned nearly 900 square miles in northeast Nevada and Idaho.

The largest group of fires, the 623,000 acre Murphy complex -- has been burning mostly in Idaho. But the complex's Rowland fire pushed south across the Nevada line yesterday to within one mile of Jarbidge, about eight miles north of Mountain City.

A mandatory evacuation ordered six days ago in Jarbidge finally was lifted late yesterday and the Murphy complex is reported today to be 30 percent contained.

Elko County Sheriff Dale Lotspeich estimates 900,000 acres have burned this fire season in Elko County. That's just shy of last year's total of one (M) Million acres with at least six weeks of the fire season still remaining.

Improving weather helped crews make progress on the Winecup complex in the extreme northeast corner of Nevada. It has burned about 154-thousand acres or 240 square miles and is about 60 percent contained.

Firefighters have fully contained the 71,000 acre Red House complex about 12 miles southwest of Carlin.

The 137,000 acre Antelope complex south and west of Battle Mountain is 90 percent contained. So is the 58,000 acre Hepworth complex burning all around Wells and the 38-hundred Cathedral Fire southwest of Ely.

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