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Rain aids fight on 3 big Nevada wildfires; 1 fully contained

August 9, 2019

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Firefighters in northern Nevada have fully contained one of three big wildfires that have been burning since last weekend and continue to make progress on the others thanks to some heavy rainfall.

Unlike the dry, lightning-packed thunderstorms that sparked more than a dozen fires Sunday, storms moving across the region Thursday were full of precipitation.

Officials said Friday the Shafter Fire that burned 10 square miles (25 square kilometers) of rangeland 25 miles (40 km) west of Wendover is now fully contained.

Harrison Pass Road remains closed in the Ruby Mountains where 400 firefighters are still working the 26-square-mile (67-square-kilometer) Corta Fire 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Elko. It’s 25 percent contained.

Along the Idaho line, more than 230 firefighters have achieved 80 percent containment on the 11-square-mile (28-sq.-km) Goose Fire 25 miles (40 km) east of Jackpot.

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