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Martin Fire

The Martin Fire is currently the largest wildfire burning in the United States, and is sending smoke into southwestern Idaho.

ELKO – A wind-driven wildfire has burned a path 57 miles long and 31 miles wide across northern Nevada in the past six days.

The Martin Fire was 48 percent contained as of Wednesday morning. The total area burned is estimated at 686 square miles.

“Yesterday, the fire remained active under the combination of high temperatures, low humidity and variable, breezy winds,” fire officials reported. “The fire was active in unburned islands within the fire perimeter, however, resources continue to make tremendous progress increasing the containment percentage.”

A total of 635 personnel are assigned to the blaze, which started July 5 near Paradise Valley and burned eastward into Elko County.

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The Bureau of Land Management hosted public meetings at 5 p.m. July at headquarters in Elko and Winnemucca to discuss the human-caused fire and provide updates on other area fires.

Wilson Campground and Reservoir remains closed due to fire suppression activities, and temporary flight restrictions are in effect over the fire.

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