Nevada wildfire within 100 feet of subdivision
ELKO, Nev. (AP) -- Firefighters are facing hot temperatures in their battle against an Elko County wildfire that has crept to within 100 yards of a subdivision.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Lesli Ellis says the 6,000-acre Smith Ranch Fire about 10 miles northeast of Jiggs was 45 percent contained Sunday.
She says residents of about 30 homes in the Smith Creek subdivision were evacuated Friday after the fire advanced toward them, but they were allowed to return to their homes early Saturday.
But the residents again were evacuated Saturday afternoon after the fire jumped containment lines in two spots and spread.
Nearly 300 firefighters are battling the blaze with the help of an aerial assault featuring air tankers and helicopters.
The fire, sparked by lightning Friday, is primarily burning brush and grass.
Temperatures soared to 101 degrees in Elko on Sunday.
Elsewhere in Elko County, the Cattle Guard Fire near Owyhee was fully contained after scorching 3,880 acres, while the 2,905-acre Wieland Fire near Tuscarora was 96 percent contained.