Woodcutter with chain saw sparked northeast Nevada wildfire
ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities have determined the latest wildfire burning in northeast Nevada’s Ruby Mountains was caused by someone cutting wood with a chain saw.
No structures have been damaged but some cattle has been lost in the fire that has burned more than 5 square miles (13 sq. kilometers) since it started Monday afternoon about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Elko near the Elko-Eureka county line.
Forest Service officials said Thursday 385 firefighters remain on the lines of the blaze that’s now estimated to be 10% contained.
They’re reminding the public that spark arresters are required on all portable gasoline-powered equipment, including tractors, chain saws, weed-eaters and mowers.