Wildfire in Remote Range Burns 17,500 Acres

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

FALLON, Nev. (AP) - Fire officials say a 17,500-acre wildfire
burning in a remote northern Nevada range is threatening prime
habitat for sage grouse and mule deer.

Helen Frazier of the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center
says the fire that began Wednesday is burning on the south slope of
the Augusta Range about 70 miles northeast of Fallon.

No homes have been threatened, and no injuries have been
reported.

Frazier says the area is so remote and lacking in roads that it
has been a challenge getting firefighters to the scene.

But with cooler temperatures and lighter winds Friday,
firefighters are reporting progress as the blaze is 50 percent
contained.

Frazier says the fire primarily is burning invasive, highly
combustible cheatgrass in the same area where a wildfire occurred
about a decade ago.


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