- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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

1:10 p.m.

Authorities say a fast-moving wildfire has a road, trails and campgrounds closed while crews work to stem its spread near Nevada’s second-highest mountain peak.

The National Park Service said Tuesday that the fire near Wheeler Peak started small on Monday but quickly spread over an estimated 5 square miles of rugged canyons and hillsides in Great Basin National Park.

Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive is closed, along with the Wheeler Peak and Lehman Creek campgrounds and trails between them.

No injuries have been reported, and it wasn’t immediately clear if structures were threatened.

Wheeler Peak stands a little over 13,000 feet high in White Pine County west of Baker. That’s about 200 miles northeast of Las Vegas.


12:10 p.m.

A federal official says crews think it’ll take several days to contain a wildfire that has grown to almost 4.7 square miles in remote northeast Nevada rangeland near a stretch of the historic Pony Express trail.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Chris Hanefeld said Tuesday that the fire about 5 miles south of the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge isn’t threatening structures.

No injuries have been reported.

More than 50 firefighters and several air tankers were battling the fire in pinion-juniper, sage and grass.

It was discovered Monday after a lightning strike.

Hanefeld says it could be contained this weekend.


9:55 a.m.

A federal official says crews are battling a wildfire that has quickly grown to more than 4.5 square miles after a lightning strike in remote northeast Nevada rangeland.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Chris Hanefeld said Tuesday the fire that cast a red smoky pall over of Elko late Monday was less than a mile from the historic Pony Express trail, but wasn’t threatening structures.

More than 50 firefighters were battling the fire.

Hanefeld says it was discovered Monday in pinion-juniper, sage and grass about 5 miles south of the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

In western Nevada, fire officials are reporting full containment of a more than 2.5-square-mile fire that had threatened 50 homes during the weekend near Cold Springs. No structures burned and no injuries were reported.

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