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Silver State Fire on 3,778 acres near Elko 10% contained

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Posted at 7:49 AM, Jul 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-16 08:34:11-04

UPDATE: As of Sunday night, the Silver State Fire is burning on an estimated 3,778 acres and is 10 percent contained.

The fire, which is burning about 4 miles east of Elko, Nevada is being fought by hundreds of personnel and various aircraft.

In Sunday’s update authorities said the fire is “now exhibiting minimal fire behavior and planned operations include to continue to contain the fire in its current footprint…”

Officials say they estimate full containment by sometime Thursday.

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ELKO COUNTY, Nev. – A Red Flag warning has been issued by the National Weather Service while fire crews battle the Silver State Fire that started late Saturday night.

Fire Authorities say The fire started near Elko Mountain and has already spread to more than 1,000 acres.

According to Officials from the Bureau of Land Management in Elko, structures are threatened and the fire remains at zero percent containment.

The National Weather Service says the Red Flag warning indicates ideal conditions for wildfire combustion and rapid spread.

Residents have already been evacuated as the fire is currently threatening between 50 to 100 homes.

The BLM says Last Chance Road to California Avenue is closed.

More than 150 firefighters arrived by Sunday morning and officials say more are on their way.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.