Northeast Nevada Blaze Scorches 4,500 Acres

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Northern Nevada's largest fire so far this year is nearing containment in a remote area near the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge on the Elko-White Pine county line about 45 miles northwest of Ely.

The so-called Chrome fire has blackened some 4,500 acres of pinyon, sagebrush and juniper since it was sparked by lightning on Thursday, according to Bureau of Land Management fire information officer Dave Stout. He said it was 80 percent contained on Monday with control expected in a day or two.

Some 350 firefighters were called to the scene along with helicopters, engines and bulldozers.

No buildings were threatened, but the blaze is in deer winter range and sage grouse habitat. It's also near the Hastings Cutoff used by the Donner Party, as well as the Pony Express trail.

Two much smaller fires were in mopup Monday near Reno and in the eastern Sierra.

A 15-acre fire on Peavine Peak was contained at 8 p.m. Sunday, a little over an hour after it was reported.

Two air tankers and a helicopter were dispatched by Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center officials in Minden along with four engine crews from Reno, the Nevada Department of Forestry, the U.S. Forest Service and the BLM.

Meanwhile, firefighters contained a fire that blackened 50 acres Friday west of Reno, near Floriston, Calif.

The fire, which threatened no homes, burned on state land north of Interstate 80 and beside a portion of the Truckee River Canyon blackened by the 14,500-acre Martis Fire in June 2001.