Crews being released from Nevada/Idaho wild fire

RENO " Crews are being released from a fire that has burned 85 square miles along the Nevada-Idaho line.

Fire officials say the East Slide Rock Ridge fire was 50 percent contained Tuesday.

The fire was sparked by lightning Aug. 8 in a wilderness area of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

It was allowed to burn for about 2 weeks as part of a "wildland fire use," which is used to manage lightning-caused fires in remote areas where fire is a natural component of the ecosystem.

But fire crews were called in after strong winds pushed the flames near the tiny outposts of Jarbidge and Murphy Hot Springs.


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