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Lamoille Canyon

Rocks litter the Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway after a fire blazed through the canyon.

ELKO – Nevada Fire Marshal investigators are asking the public for any information regarding the Range 2 Fire in the Ruby Mountains, which is believed to have been caused by recreational shooters.

The fire started behind the Spring Creek shooting range on the morning of Sept. 30, and burned 9,196 acres.

If anyone has information that could help identify the person who started the fire they should contact the Nevada State Fire Marshal’s office at 775-684-7500, the U.S. Forest Service stated in a Wednesday afternoon release.

The fire has not grown over the past week but there are still trees and shrubs smoldering within the perimeter, according to Fire Information Officer Naaman Horn. Containment was at 98 percent.

The Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway is closed at the junction of Lamoille Highway. However, in cooperation with the Elko County Sheriff’s Office, the Forest Service is allowing the public the opportunity to see the effects of the fire Oct. 11-14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

U.S. Forest Service and County Sheriff staff will be stationed throughout the canyon. Staff will be located at the bottom of the canyon to share information and answer questions. This is a vehicle tour only; no biking, hiking or camping will be allowed. The public touring Lamoille Canyon will need to remain in their vehicles.

After Oct. 14 the canyon will be closed through the end of November while a Burned Area Emergency Response team assesses the area for threats to public health and safety and natural resources. The team will make recommendations to the Forest as to what closures, safety procedures, and restoration efforts will be necessary moving forward.

Additionally, the Forest Service, in cooperation with community partners, will be organizing volunteer efforts to help with restoration efforts in Lamoille Canyon. Most of the volunteer work is expected to take place beginning in the spring. Anyone interested in helping with the restoration effort can sign up to receive information and updates by following the link in this story at elkodaily.com.

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