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ELKO – A late-night fire call turned out to be a false alarm, but a resident was issued a warning about setting off fireworks.

A fire was reported off Last Chance Road shortly after midnight Thursday, possibly started by fireworks. The call was canceled after it was determined that the blaze was a “warming fire” that the resident did not have a permit to start, according to the Elko County Fire Protection District.

Fireworks were also being used, and a warning was issued. Fireworks that create sparks capable of starting a fire are illegal in Nevada.

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Thunderstorms delivered a considerable amount of lightning west of Elko overnight but there were no immediate fire reports.

Nevada currently does not have any major fire activity. There have been three fires in California and half a dozen in Arizona in recent days.

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