(ELKO, NV., KXNT)–State officials say a lightning-caused fire eight miles from Tuscarora, Nevada is burning in a critical habitat area and potentially threatens the town.

The fire began mid-afternoon on Tuesday. Erratic winds were shifting every two hours, say officials, and jumped Indian Creek, making a major run to the east. Thats where fire crews are concentrating their efforts.

As of mid-day Thursday, the fire had burned 2,600 acres. Firefighting efforts include a helicopter, hot shot crews, and 169 personnel.  The fire is considered 15% contained and fuller containment is expected by Saturday.

Fire officials have dubbed the blaze the Weiland Fire.




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