Rain brings relief to firefighters battling Nevada blaze

October 3, 2018

Smoke billows from a wildfire Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 that briefly trapped eight hikes and a sheriff's deputy at the top of the Lamoille Canyon about 12 miles southeast of Elko, Nevada. No injuries have been reported but some structures have been lost in the fire that had burned about 7 square miles by Monday in the wilderness of the Humboldt-Toiyabe Naitonal Forest about 100 miles west of the Utah line. ( AP Photo/Ross Andreson)

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Rain is bringing relief to hundreds of firefighters battling a big wildfire that destroyed an historic camp lodge and trapped several hikers above a canyon in northeast Nevada’s Ruby Mountains.

The Forest Service said Wednesday fire crews have seen minimal activity and no growth in the Range Two Fire that started near a shooting range on Sunday in Elko County about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of the Utah line.

The fire has burned 14 square miles (36 sq. kilometers) and is 10 percent contained.

A flash flood warning Tuesday afternoon forced the removal of personnel and grounding of aircraft,

The service says more rain was predicted through Thursday so some of the 361 firefighters on the lines are being released to other assignments.

Roads and trails remain closed in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Lamoille Canyon southeast of Elko.

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