RENO, Nev. - A fire that burned more than 6,000 acres north of Reno was 40 percent contained Monday as firefighters worked to reinforce a fire break before the wind kicked up again.
"Right now it's looking pretty good," Dave Stout, a fire information spokesman at the fire command center near Sutcliffe, said late Monday afternoon.
"The wind isn't much of a factor, at least down low," he said.
Winds in the hills around Pyramid Lake were somewhat stronger but were not "hindering the work," he added.
In New Mexico, firefighters struggled over rugged terrain trying to contain a wildfire that burned 1,450 acres in the tinder dry Guadalupe Mountains in the southeast of the state.
As temperatures inched into the 90s, with low humidity and increasing wind, firefighters faced a difficult challenge in the rough terrain, said Ken Bunt, acting assistant coordination center manager for the U.S. Forest Service.
The three lightening-ignited blazes had nearly burned together Monday night, with the smallest contained and two others between 20 percent and 50 percent under control.
Near Susanville, Calif., about 80 miles northwest of Reno, a raging fire forced evacuation of residents from about a dozen homes, charring 3,100 acres as firefighters worked to keep it from reaching town.
The large blaze started Sunday on private timberland, sparked by a man who was target-shooting, said state Dept. of Forestry spokeswoman Wendy McIntosh. The man has been cited, but his name was not available Monday.