Crews struggle against southern Nevada blaze

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm •  Published: July 4, 2013

Personnel and resources from that fire were being sent to another lightning-sparked fire in Douglas County that broke out Thursday afternoon when thunderstorms moved through the region. That fire was estimated at 50 acres around 5 p.m.

North of Reno, a large fire that broke out Monday just over the California line was contained Thursday.

The Red Rock fire burned nearly 5,400 acres or more than eight square miles.

Other fires are burning elsewhere around the state in remote regions.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, two fires are burning around Winnemucca and two each are reported in the Ely and Battle Mountain districts.

The largest is the Crescent Dune Fire, estimated at more than 15 square miles. It was located about five miles south of Orovada and was estimated at 10 percent containment.

Most of Nevada has endured record hot temperatures for the past five days. Afternoon thunderstorms and drought-parched vegetation heighten fire concerns.