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Lightning Likely Caused Fire That Prompted Sparks Evacuation

Scott Sonner / AP

Traffic passes Sunday evening, Aug. 6, 2017 on U.S. Interstate 80 in Sparks, Nevada, after voluntary evacuation orders were lifted due to a wildfire that threatened nearly two dozen homes.

Scott Sonner / AP

(AP) - Northern Nevada fire officials suspect lightning sparked a wildfire that forced evacuations in Sparks and burned dangerously close to a hospital.

About 130 firefighters got the flames under control Sunday evening after it had burned more than 4 square miles in the hills behind the Northern Nevada Medical Center.

About 20 homes were threatened at one time. And authorities canceled all ambulance trips to the hospital and directed all patients to neighboring hospitals in Reno.

No injuries were reported or structures damaged.

The official cause of the fire remains under investigation but Sparks Fire Marshal Bob King says lightning was reported in the area just before the blaze broke out shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday.

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