September 22, 2014
ELKO, Nev. (AP) - Lightning has sparked a new wildfire in northeast Nevada, prompting some voluntary evacuations and the temporary closure of a state highway.
Officials say the Waterpipe Fire broke out around noon Tuesday about 10 miles east of Tuscarora in Elko County. It has burned about 4,000 acres or 6 square miles.
State Route 226 was closed for a time and is now open with traffic being escorted. Voluntary evacuations were issued for the small community of Taylor Canyon and employees of the Starvation Canyon Mine.
The fire is burning in critical sage grouse habitat.
Another fire 10 miles northwest of Tuscarora has burned 25 square miles and is 50 percent contained Wednesday. Full containment is expected Friday. The Red Cow Fire also is burning in sage grouse and wildlife habitat.