Nevada fire marshal seeks target shooters for Ruby Mt. fire

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LAMOILLE, Nev. (KOLO)-- The Associated Press reports Nevada's fire marshal is asking for the public's help in the search for target shooters believed to have sparked an Elko County fire that destroyed 14 square miles of wilderness in the Ruby Mountains.

A spokesman for the fire tells KOLO 8 News Now the Range 2 Fire is estimated to be 98 percent contained, with no estimate regarding when full containment would be reached because of steep and hard-to-reach terrain, but active flame has been extinguished.

Anyone with information that might help the investigation is asked to call the fire marshal's office at 775-684-7500.

The fire started near Spring Creek, Nevada, September 30, 2018 on private land behind the Spring Creek Shooting range southeast of Elko, and moved onto the Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is about 20 miles southeast of Elko.

The fire burned west to east along the edge of the Ruby Mountains. In the Lamoille Canyon area, the fire burned from the bottom of the canyon to the top. Some structures have been lost.

There were eight hikers and an Elko County Sherriff’s Office Deputy at the top of Lamoille Canyon who were not in danger, but could not exit until it was safe for them to be escorted out of the canyon.

The US Forest Service released this picture of the Range Two Fire.