McDERMITT, Nev. (AP) — A U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokesman says two new wildfires sparked by lightning in northern Nevada have grown rapidly.

Spokesman Mark Wilkening said late Friday that the Ten Mile fire about 10 miles northeast of the tiny community of McDermitt was first noticed about noon Friday. It has burned across nearly 8 square miles or 5,000 acres.

Earlier in the day there were fears that strong winds would drive the fire perilously close to the community but Humboldt County Undersheriff Curtiss Kull says the winds eased and the fire’s pace has slowed. He says it looks like the danger has abated.

The Banana Lake fire 30 miles southeast of McDermitt near the Oregon-Idaho border also started Friday and had burned across more than more than 15 square miles or 10,000 acres by evening.

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