Fire crews break camp as largest Nevada fire contained |

Fire crews break camp as largest Nevada fire contained

RENO, Nev. (AP) – Fire crews broke camp at an elementary school in Winnemucca Tuesday following the containment of a large blaze that blackened 75,000 acres.

The Spaulding fire 30 miles south-southwest of Winnemucca was contained Monday, a week after it was sparked by lightning.

Most of the firefighters and engines assigned to the blaze were released or reassigned to other fires in the West, said Incident Commander Pat Murphy.

The cost of battling the grass and sagebrush fire was estimated at $1.6 million.

Firefighters also reported progress on the 42,000-acre Upper Willow fire that continued to burn 60 miles north of Winnemucca.

That fire was 50 percent contained, with full containment expected by the weekend. About 550 firefighters remained on the scene and seven helicopters were being used to make water drops.

Fire officials said some ranches and summer homes are in the area but none have been destroyed.

The fire broke out Friday and its cause was unknown.

A third fire continued to burn in Great Basin National Park.

The Granite fire, about 60 miles southeast of Ely, was sparked by lightning over the weekend and had burned about 375 acres.

Containment was expected by Friday.

So far this year, fires have burned nearly 581,000 acres in Nevada.

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