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Wildfire damages power lines in Lamoille
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Wildfire damages power lines in Lamoille

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ELKO – An agricultural fire that got out of control Wednesday afternoon in Lamoille was extinguished by nightfall but left some residents without power, according to the Elko County fire department.

NV Energy was repairing power lines and poles that were damaged, and fire crews remained on the scene overnight.

The blaze blackened 26 acres near Clubine Road. County crews, Nevada Division of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Elko City Fire Department and Lamoille volunteers responded.

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It was the fourth significant wildfire to start this year. A fire near Metropolis burned 62 acres in March. Another blaze in February burned nearly 30 acres near Elburz. And a fire that started last Friday burned 240 acres in Ryndon.

Firefighters have been toned to several reports of residential burning after permitted hours, according to the county. The current hours that the county allows controlled burning are from 6 a.m. to noon. You must have a burn permit and notify Dispatch at 777-7300 prior to burning.

Other open burning regulations include:

  • You can only burn natural vegetation (No construction waste or garbage)
  • Must have an adult over 18 present
  • Don’t burn if the wind is blowing over 10 mph
  • Do not leave unattended for any reason
  • Keep piles small (No larger than 4x4 feet)
  • Keep a water source, shovel, fire extinguisher near
  • 30-foot clearance around burn area
  • Extinguish all piles COMPLETELY
  • Notify Dispatch when finished so they can remove you from the active burning list for the day

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