ELKO — Smoke from wildfires in the Sierra drifted 300 miles east and settled over the Elko area, sparking an air quality alert on Monday.
The elderly, children and people with pre-existing heart and lung diseases were advised to limit outdoor activity.
“Westerly winds are causing drift smoke from California fires to settle over the state of Nevada,” Elko Interagency Dispatch Center stated Sunday. “If you see a fire be sure to call 911 to report it, but the smell of wildfire smoke may be present across many parts of the state.”
A massive wildfire in a remote area near Quincy grew Sunday night to more than 68 square miles, officials said Monday.
The U.S. Forest Service said containment on the blaze in the Plumas National Forest was at 7 percent.
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Erratic winds were making conditions difficult for the more than 800 firefighters battling the blaze.
Mandatory evacuations remained in effect for scattered rural properties in the forest.
Five fires started in the Elko District during Saturday’s thunderstorms, and two more were reported Sunday. All were kept from spreading.
Also, the U.S. Forest Service reported that the Cherry Fire in the south Ruby Mountains was 100 percent contained after burning 3,487 acres last week.
Elko received .15 of an inch of rain Saturday evening through early Sunday morning. Winnemucca picked up near a quarter inch, while Eureka saw only .05 of an inch.