Northeastern Nevada fires continue to burn
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Northeastern Nevada fires continue to burn

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ELKO – Two large wildfires continued to burn Friday in northeastern Nevada.

The Overland Fire at the south end of the Ruby Mountains was 65 percent contained, and has burned 7,695 acres.

The Strawberry Fire at Great Basin National Park is 30 percent contained and has burned 4,594 acres.

More than 300 personnel are fighting each fire.

Both fires were started by lightning and were reported on Monday.

The original size estimate for the Overland Fire was reduced slightly after more accurate mapping was done. It is burning in mule deer, elk and pronghorn antelope habitat, and approximately 81 acres of greater sage grouse general habitat has also burned.

Full containment is expected by Sunday evening.

The Strawberry Fire has resulted in closure of Wheeler Peak Campground and Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive above the Lower Lehman Creek Campground. The trail from Upper Lehman Creek Campground to Wheeler Peak Campground is also closed.

Baker Creek, Grey Cliffs and Lower Lehman Campground and the Lehman Caves Visitor Center are open. Cave tours and other special events will continue at the park as planned.

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