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Lightning sparks fires in Northern Nevada

Posted at 8:41 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 23:41:42-04

Nearly a dozen wildfires are reported burning in Northern Nevada after lightning strikes Tuesday.

The Bureau of Land Management Winnemucca District is reporting at least 11 wildland fires that are actively burning and are staffed with fire resources.  Another seven fires, totaling 18, were reported following the lightning storm.
The largest fire reported is the Monroe Fire, estimated at 11,000 acres and burning adjacent to priority and general sage grouse habitat.  

The next largest fire is the Sand Pass Fire, burning just north of Winnemucca off of Sand Pass Road, is approximately 2,400 acres.  The Mill Creek fire between Mill City and Jungo Road has been contained around 1000 acres. The remainder of the eight fires that are staffed are under 1,000 acres each.
Though no structures are imminently threatened at this time, additional resources –- crews and aircraft -– have been ordered to help the district fire resources suppress the fires.