Fire on Nevada-Utah border 40 percent contained

Jun 6 2012 - 11:22am

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U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell talks about the recent deadly crash of an air tanker that was helping fight a wildfire in Utah, during a news conference at the agency's Southwest regional headquarters in Albuquerque, N.M., on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Tidwell also took an aerial tour of the 404-square-mile Whitewater Baldy fire burning in southwestern New Mexico, currently the largest blaze in the country. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell talks about the recent deadly crash of an air tanker that was helping fight a wildfire in Utah, during a news conference at the agency's Southwest regional headquarters in Albuquerque, N.M., on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Tidwell also took an aerial tour of the 404-square-mile Whitewater Baldy fire burning in southwestern New Mexico, currently the largest blaze in the country. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

CALIENTE, Nev. -- Fire officials say a wildfire burning on the Nevada-Utah border is now 40 percent contained, even though the blaze grew amid high winds Tuesday.

Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Kirsten Cannon says the White Rock Fire is about 6,900 acres Wednesday morning.

Winds of about 30 mph Tuesday grew the fire in the northeast corner in Utah.

Crews don't expect to fully contain the fire until Sunday evening. Nearly 350 people, including support staff, are working on the blaze.

Authorities say the wildfire was sparked Friday night by lightning on the eastern edge of Nevada's Lincoln County. It's burning in steep, rugged terrain and has spread into Utah.

Two pilots from Boise, Idaho, were killed Sunday when their firefighting aircraft crashed during a mission to drop retardant on the blaze.

 

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