The Latest: NASA says Nevada wildfire visible from space

PARADISE VALLEY, Nev. – The Latest on the fires burning in Nevada (all times are local PDT):

2:20 pm

NASA says the smoke of a huge wildfire burning in northern Nevada is visible from space.

Officials of the federal space agency said Tuesday, a NASA satellite captured infrared image of the fire that burned almost 700 square miles (1,813 sq. kilometers) of the remote control rangeland — an area nearly half the size of the state of Rhode Island.

More than 600 firefighters are now battling the blaze, the nickname of Martin Fire, which now is estimated at 35 percent contained.

The National Interagency Fire Center says that it is the largest wild land fire currently burning in the United States. But at the moment it is not threatening is a densely populated areas and no structure damage or injuries reported.

The first was reported on July 5 near the small, rural town of Paradise Valley 200 miles (322 km) northwest of Reno.

The authorities are investigating the cause of the fire asking for the public’s help with any information about anyone who are camping in the area on the Fourth of July.


1:05 pm

All evacuation orders have been lifted and roads reopened on a western Nevada wildfire that threatened as many as 30 homes on the Sierra’s eastern front about 15 miles (24 km) south of Carson City.

About 100 firefighters continued to battle the blaze, which was burning mostly in sage brush Tuesday. It has charred an estimated 280 acres and is 60 percent contained.

No structures were damaged or injuries reported.

Steve Eisele, deputy head of the East Fork Fire Protection District, said a piece of heavy equipment working on a new housing estate in the neighbourhood of Genoa, apparently led to the fire Monday afternoon and strong winds quickly spread across the frames in the neighboring brush along Jacks Valley Road.

The authorities, of a temporary shelter at a senior center in nearby Gardnerville after a voluntary evacuation order was issued, but the shelter was closed at 9 pm. Monday.


10:05 pm

Brush and grass are fueling a wildfire in northern Nevada that have burned almost 700 square miles (1,813 sq. km), making it the largest active wildfire in the U.S.

The Bureau of Land Management in Nevada says that the fire is burning in the Paradise Valley area, about 200 miles (322 km) northwest of Reno, is 35 percent contained. It is not threatening populated areas.

Paul Petersen is the state fire management with the BLM in Nevada. He says that the area has not seen rainfall in the past five days.

Hundreds of firefighters fighting the fire that the burning of cattle grazing land and habitat for the endangered sage grouse.

The fire started Wednesday on private land. The police are investigating what started the fire, and looking up to someone camping in the livestock area.

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