Wildfire Closes Part of Highway 225 in NE Nevada

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Crews battling a pair of wildfires over more than 8 square miles of northeast Nevada have been forced to close off a stretch of a key state highway but still forecast full containment of the blazes by the weekend.

No new injuries were reported Thursday and no structures were threatened by either the Wieland Fire that has charred about 4 square miles of grass and overgrown sage northeast of Elko, or the Cattle Guard Fire covering nearly 4.7 square miles near Owyhee and Mountain City.

But Bureau of Land Management officials say they were forced to close off a 17-mile stretch of the Mountain City Highway (State Route 225) about 5 p.m. Thursday due to the proximity of the fire and poor visibility due to heavy smoke.