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The Latest: No growth in NV's 3 biggest fires; 700 on lines

Posted at 2:51 PM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 17:51:24-04

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

1 p.m.

More than 700 firefighters combined are making progress on all three of the largest wildfires burning in northern Nevada.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Thursday none of the fires grew overnight and one is now 75% contained.

Crews are mopping up heavy fuels and patrolling the flanks of the 10-square-mile (25-square-kilometer) Shafter Fire about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Wendover. It's expected to be fully contained by Sunday.

More than 400 personnel have contained 20% of the Corta Fire that has burned 26 square miles (67 square kilometers) in the Ruby Mountains about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Elko.

The 11-squre-mile (28-sq.-kilometer) Goose fire is 10% contained near the Idaho line about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Jackpot. BLM officials say more accurate GPS mapping lowered their earlier estimate it had burned 13 square miles (34 sq. kilometers).

10:30 a.m.

A volunteer firefighter who was injured while battling a wildland blaze in northeast Nevada has been released from the hospital.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports two volunteer firefighters suffered unspecified injuries Sunday when flames burned over their vehicle during the initial attack on a lightning-sparked fire in the Ruby Mountains about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Elko.

The Elko County Fire Protection District says one was evaluated and immediately released back to duty. The other was taken to the University of Utah Trauma Center in Salt Lake City but since has been released.

The district said Wednesday he's now at home and is doing well.

No names or other details have been released.

More than 300 firefighters continue to battle the Corta Fire. It's burned across about 26 square miles (67 sq. kilometers) and is 10% contained.