The Latest: Evacuation orders lifted at western NV fire

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

1:05 p.m.

All evacuation orders have been lifted and roads reopened at a western Nevada wildfire that threatened as many as 30 homes on the Sierra’s eastern front about 15 miles south of Carson City.

About 100 firefighters continued to battle the blaze that was burning mostly in sage brush Tuesday. It has charred an estimated 280 acres and is 60 percent contained.

No structures have been damaged or injuries reported.

Steve Eisele, deputy chief of the East Fork Fire Protection District, says a piece of heavy equipment operating at a new housing development near Genoa apparently sparked the fire Monday afternoon and gusty winds quickly spread the frames into neighboring brush along Jacks Valley Road.

Authorities set up a temporary shelter at a senior center in nearby Gardnerville after a voluntary evacuation order was issued, but the shelter was shut down at about 9 p.m. Monday.

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10:05 a.m.

Brush and grass are fueling a wildfire in northern Nevada that has torched almost 700 square miles (1,813 sq. kilometers), making it the largest active wildfire in the U.S.

The Bureau of Land Management in Nevada says the fire burning in the Paradise Valley area, about 200 miles (322 kilometers) northwest of Reno, is 35 percent contained. It is not threatening populated areas.

Paul Petersen is the state fire management officer with the BLM in Nevada. He says the area has not seen precipitation in the past five days.

Hundreds of firefighters are battling the blaze that’s burning cattle-grazing land and habitat for the imperiled sage grouse.

The fire started Wednesday on private lands. Police are investigating what started the fire and looking for anyone camping in the ranching area.

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