- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Latest on a series of northern Nevada wildfires that threatened dozens of homes (all times local PDT):

1:15 p.m.

Power has been restored to hundreds of northern Nevadans who were without it after a wildfire burned through utility lines near Topaz Lake about 70 miles (112 kilometers) south of Reno.

Liberty Utilities reports the lights were back on by noon Wednesday for all of the 660 residents affected by the outage near the Nevada-California line.

The 8-acre fire destroyed one outbuilding and threatened as many as 40 homes before firefighters snuffed it out Tuesday night with the help of a helicopter. Crews were in mop-up mode on Wednesday.

Another fire just across the California line in Alpine County is now estimated to be 60 percent contained. The size of that blaze has been scaled back from 100 acres (40 hectares) to about 70 acres (28 hectares). No homes currently are threatened. One firefighter suffered a minor injury.

The cause of the fires remains under investigation.

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11:20 a.m.

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a red-flag warning for much of western Nevada due to windy conditions that will increase the threat of wildfires over the next few days.

The warning effective at 3 p.m. Wednesday stretches from the California line near Reno to south of Hawthorne and as far north and east as Winnemucca. It includes Carson City, Fallon, Fernley, Lovelock and much of Mineral and Lyon Counties.

The weather service says the combination of low humidity and gusty winds can cause wildfires to grow rapidly in both size and intensity before crews have a chance to respond.

The forecast calls for winds gusting up to 35 mph Wednesday afternoon. The warning expires at 10 p.m. but resumes Thursday and Friday afternoons.

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Fire officials in northern Nevada say the immediate danger has passed from a series of wildfires that threatened dozens of homes, downed power lines, shut down a highway and prompted voluntary evacuations along the California-Nevada line.

More than 600 residents remained without power Wednesday morning near Topaz Lake about 70 miles (112 kilometers) south of Reno where the flames threatened as many as 40 homes Tuesday evening.

U.S. Highway 395 was closed near the state line for about three hours before it reopened Tuesday night. One out-building was destroyed, but no homes were damaged or injuries reported in that 8-acre blaze.

Another fire across the California line in Alpine County has burned about 100 acres (40 hectares). Fire officials say it’s about 45 percent contained and no structures are threatened.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury battling that blaze.

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