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Nevada wildfire grows to 3 square miles
by Associated Press
Sep 22, 2012 | 2038 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — A wildfire burning in northern Nevada's Pine Nut Mountains has grown in size to 3 square miles but officials say the threat to about 30 homes has eased as winds pushed the fire toward the east and away from residences.

Officials say as of early Saturday the fire had burned more than 2,000 acres of sagebrush and pinion-juniper. The Carter Springs fire broke out just after noon Friday south of Gardnerville, closing U.S. 395 for several hours.

The highway reopened Saturday morning but traffic was being escorted through the burn area.

No structures have been lost, and 250 firefighters are being assisted by nine air tankers, five helicopters and 20 engines.

Officials hope to have the fire contained by Monday.
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