Firefighters make progress on Bison Fire
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GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) -- Firefighters are reporting progress in battling the Bison Fire burning in northern Nevada's Pine Nut Mountains.
The fire was 65 percent contained Wednesday afternoon. Full contained is expected Sunday.
Fire spokeswoman Elayn Briggs said the fire sparked by lightning July 4 is estimated at more 27,000 acres -- roughly 43 square miles. It's the largest fire in western Nevada in recent memory.
More than 1,000 firefighters battling the blaze that has consumed parts of Douglas and Lyon counties.
A voluntary evacuation remains for 78 residences in the upper Smith Valley area of Lyon County.
There is a chance of thunderstorms Wednesday evening and firefighters want to make sure the weather doesn't cause the fire to spread before those evacuations are lifted.
So far the fire has cost $4.8 million.