- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Officials reported gains Monday in their efforts to contain several wildfires covering a combined 33 square miles in remote parts of eastern Nevada and southwestern Utah.

No homes or other structures were threatened. Two of more than 470 firefighters at the 1,200-acre Cottonwood Fire were treated for dehydration at the fire camp some 18 miles northeast of Panaca.

Separately, the 9,100-acre Lages Fire was about 75 percent contained, with full containment expected Tuesday, federal Bureau of Land Management spokesman Chris Hanefeld said.

Smoke closed U.S. Highway 93 for a time after the Lages Fire was discovered Wednesday, Hanefeld said. The cause was not immediately determined.

Rain helped firefighters digging fire lines around a trio of lightning-sparked fires dubbed the MCG Complex, fire spokeswoman Jesse Bender said, including the Cottonwood fire and the 10,300-acre Middle Ridge Fire about 30 miles southeast of Panaca.

Those fires were being managed in conjunction with the 761-acre Greek Peak Fire about 15 miles southwest of Enterprise Reservoir in Utah, Bender said. Crews were aided by five helicopters and two bulldozers, and the fire was about 80 percent contained.


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