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Light snow puts out fire former Nevada nuke test site

Posted at 5:40 PM, Apr 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-17 20:40:52-04

Officials say a small wildfire burning in a remote part of a former national nuclear proving ground northwest of Las Vegas appears to be out after overnight snowfall coated the area.

A Nevada National Security Site spokesman said the fire burned about 1,100 acres after apparently starting when strong winds downed a power line.

No structures were nearby and no radioactively contaminated areas were affected.

No injuries were reported.

More than 1,000 nuclear detonations occurred at the test site from 1951 to 1992. The area now hosts non-nuclear experiments and safety training.