- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Latest on wildfires in Nevada (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

An official says fire crews are trying to contain a nearly 8-square-mile wildfire from reaching a state highway in the remote and scenic Poodle Mountain Wilderness Study Area in northwest Nevada.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Terah Malsam said Monday that about 300 firefighters are working in rugged mountain canyons, aided by air tankers and helicopters.

No injuries are reported and no structures are threatened. Containment was estimated late Sunday at less than 10 percent.

The blaze dubbed the Poodle Fire was sparked Saturday by lightning in the area about 20 miles northwest of Gerlach (GUR’-lack).

Malsam says it’s burning pinion-juniper, mahogany and grasses in the area west of Squaw Creek Reservoir and State Route 447.


1:25 p.m.

Utilities have been restored and residents are being allowed to return to a northern Nevada tribal town that was evacuated during the weekend due to the threat of a wildfire.

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal spokesman Scott Carey said Monday that electricity and water are working again in the shoreline community of Sutcliffe.

But Pyramid Lake remains closed to the public for boating, camping and recreation.

About 800 firefighters are working nearby to contain several fires in a 78-square-mile area dubbed the Virginia Mountains Complex, about 35 miles north of Reno.

About 600 people were ordered out of Sutcliffe on Saturday, and 200 were evacuated from beach areas.

Tribal officials say six houses and mobile homes burned, along with several out-buildings at historic Hardscrabble Ranch.


1 p.m.

A federal official is reporting 50 percent containment of a 1.3-square-mile wildfire burning in public rangeland in eastern Nevada, about 95 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Chris Hanefeld says the 832-acre Line Fire is burning in pinion-juniper, brush and grass about 18 miles southeast of Caliente.

The wildfire fire is one of several currently burning in Nevada, including a 78-square-mile fire near Pyramid Lake north of Reno.

Hanefeld says no injuries have been reported, no private property is threatened, and the fire area is not primary sage grouse habitat.

About 150 firefighters are digging fire lines.

The fire was sparked by lightning on Friday afternoon.


9:30 a.m.

A series of wildfires continues to grow in northern Nevada, where about 800 firefighters are working to stop flames that had threatened a tribal town and nearby hamlets near Pyramid Lake, about 35 miles north of Reno.

A fire spokeswoman, Jesse Bender, said Monday the overall fire area is now about 78 square miles.

She says one firefighter reported a minor injury.

Residents in about 30 homes in Cottonwood Creek and Fish Springs Ranch have been told they’ll get a 30-minute notice to evacuate if necessary.

About 600 people were ordered out of the shoreline town of Sutcliffe during the weekend, and 200 were evacuated from beach areas.

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