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Corta Fire

A fire in the Ruby Mountains south of Elko was 85 percent contained on Sunday, a week after it was started by lightning.

ELKO -- The last of three large, lightning-sparked wildfires in Elko County is nearly contained.

The Corta Fire was listed Sunday night at 85 percent containment. Since it started a week ago, the fire has burned 16,889 acres along the western side of the Ruby Mountains 10 miles southeast of Jiggs.

Harrison Pass Road was reopened on Saturday to through traffic. Fire traffic continues to be heavy along road.

The public is still advised to avoid The Green Mountain Trailhead, which provides access to the Ruby Crest Trail.

The south flank of the fire remains the priority for firefighters. Crews have been bringing hand-line together from the west and east to reach full containment.

Firefighters continued to patrol the north and northeast edges of the fire Sunday, and have been rehabilitating dozer and hand-line. Along the eastern edge, crews completed suppression repair of the dozer and hand-lines, where line was cut to contain the fire. Across the southern edge, handcrews and hotshots continued to put in hand-line from the west and east.

Firefighters have been patrolling along the western edge near the Zaga and Little ranches to ensure all hot spots are out.

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