ELKO — Interagency fire crews continue to battle fires across the Elko District Wednesday, with more fires anticipated today.

Recorded at 16,000 acres, the Willow Fire is the largest and highest priority for fire crews, according to U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Public Information Officer Renee Price, for the Elko district.

The wildland fire is about 25 miles north of Battle Mountain and was at 30 percent containment Wednesday morning.

Water from the Willow Creek Reservoir is being used by air support to combat the blaze, and a Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) was also deployed on the fire Tuesday to drop retardant.

Additional fires are predicted Wednesday, with the National Weather Service expecting record high temperatures across northern Nevada today. This combined with thunderstorms and extremely dry vegetation has resulted in high fire danger conditions.

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