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341 reopened, Industrial fire 60 percent contained

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BRAD HORN/Nevada AppealFire crews work the Industrial Fire on a hill above Mound House on Wednesday. Fire officials say the blaze is 60 percent contained this morning.

The Industrial fire in Mound House “laid down nicely” with the cooler nighttime temperatures and reduced winds, said BLM spokesman Mark Struble.

Better visibility has also allowed firefighters to better map the fire, and they have determined that 429 acres burned in the fire that began at 3:34 p.m. Thursday.

Improved visibility also means State Route 341 has been opened and motorists are being allowed through with escorts.

The fire is expected to be fully contained by 6 p.m., Struble said. As of 10 a.m., it was 60 percent contained.

“Today will be about reinforcing lines, cleanup and getting ready for the next one,” he said. “Weather forecast calls for thunderstorms with dry lightning this afternoon.”

Officials say they think the fire will continue to lay down unless the winds pick back up.

“We’re just resting and retooling our folks,” Struble said. “It’s just the start. It’s not even June yet.”

The 11 fires burning in the Peterson complex, north of Reno near Hallelujah Junction, burned about 30 acres with the largest fire being 15 acres.

“We caught all of those,” Struble said. “One is burning in the timber in the Humboldt-Toiyable National Forest, there is a helicopter and hand crew on that. It’s about one-eighth of an acre. We should get those buttoned up today, too.”


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