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Wildfire Burning In Nevada Wilderness Study Area

Update 2:50 p.m.: (AP) — An official says fire crews are trying to contain a nearly 8-square-mile wildfire from reaching a state highway in the remote and scenic Poodle Mountain Wilderness Study Area in northwest Nevada.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Terah Malsam said Monday that about 300 firefighters are working in rugged mountain canyons, aided by air tankers and helicopters.

No injuries are reported and no structures are threatened. Containment was estimated late Sunday at less than 10 percent.

The blaze dubbed the Poodle Fire was sparked Saturday by lightning in the area about 20 miles northwest of Gerlach (GUR'-lack).

Malsam says it's burning pinion-juniper, mahogany and grasses in the area west of Squaw Creek Reservoir and State Route 447.


Original Post: (AP) — Utilities have been restored and residents are being allowed to return to a northern Nevada tribal town that was evacuated during the weekend due to the threat of a wildfire.

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal spokesman Scott Carey said Monday that electricity and water are working again in the shoreline community of Sutcliffe.

But Pyramid Lake remains closed to the public for boating, camping and recreation.

About 800 firefighters are working nearby to contain several fires in a 78-square-mile area dubbed the Virginia Mountains Complex, about 35 miles north of Reno.

About 600 people were ordered out of Sutcliffe on Saturday, and 200 were evacuated from beach areas.

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