Fire near Reno should be fully contained Friday

Hunter Falls Fire at 8:45pm 5/18/14 (Elias Johnson)
Hunter Falls Fire 5/18/14 (Elias Johnson)
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Updated: 5/21 2:15 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Crews working a fire in the wilderness on the edge of Reno say they should have it fully contained by Friday thanks to a Sierra storm that dumped rain and up to 2 inches of snow on parts of the blaze that has burned about a square mile.

About 250 firefighters who remain on the scene began mop-up work Wednesday around the fire's old perimeter.

No homes are threatened.

At last word, the Sierra Front Dispatch Center said it was 65 percent contained. That figure is expected to rise later in the day with more rain in the forecast.

The cause of the fire that broke out about 11 p.m. Saturday remains under investigation. It's believed to be human-caused because there was no lightning at the time. Firefighting costs are approaching $500,000.

 

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