Nevada wildfire grows to 3 square miles
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) -- A wildfire burning in northern Nevada's Pine Nut Mountains has burned more than 4 square miles but officials say the threat to about 30 homes has diminished as favorable winds pushed the fire up the mountains and away from residences.
The Carter Springs fire was estimated at 3,000 acres late Saturday afternoon. It was 20 percent contained and burning mostly sagebrush and pinion-juniper. The cause of the fire that broke out just after noon Friday south of Gardnerville remains under investigation.
U.S. 395 was closed for several hours but reopened Saturday, with traffic was being escorted through the burn area.
No structures have been lost, and 315 firefighters are being assisted by nine air tankers, five helicopters and 20 engines.
Officials hope to have the fire fully surrounded by Monday.