Wildfire threatens Jackpot, Nev.

Thursday , June 28, 2012 - 6:41 AM

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JACKPOT, Nev. . A 300-acre wildfire is burning about a mile and a half southwest of Jackpot, Nev., said Lesli Ellis, spokeswoman for the Elko District of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

BLM crews from the Elko and Twin Falls districts have responded with four single engine air tankers and Jackpot volunteer firefighters are also on the scene, she said.

The blaze, dubbed the Morning Star Fire, was human-caused, but an exact cause is unknown. A fire investigator is en-route to the scene, Ellis said.

Initial reports indicated the fire was heading toward Jackpot, but winds have changed and the latest word from the scene is the fire is running away from the city, Ellis said.

"Right now our focus is containment and to ensure the safety of the town," she said.

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)2012 The Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho)

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