Containment of Bison Fire now estimated for Sunday

(News 4 Reporter Alyx Sacks)
(News 4 Reporter Alyx Sacks)
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Updated: 7/08/2013 10:37 am

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Fire officials now say the Bison Fire burning in northern Nevada may not be contained until next weekend.

Crews had hoped to have it surrounded sometime Monday, but strong winds Sunday afternoon whipped the fire up and pushed it to the northeast.

The fire sparked by lightning July 4 has burned nearly 14 square miles in the Pine Nut Mountains that straddle the Douglas and Lyon county lines.

About 600 firefighters are on the scene. They are being assisted by nine air tankers, eight helicopters, 13 hand crews, 18 engines, four water tenders and four bulldozers.

No injuries have been reported and no homes have been lost but officials say the fire ran through the Slater Mine area, destroying several old structures.

The forecast calls for more afternoon winds Monday.

 

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