Nevada Wildfire Extinguished

Firefighting was finished Thursday after a 13-square-mile wildfire in the Virgin Mountains of southern Nevada and northwest Arizona.


BUNKERVILLE, Nev. (AP) -- Firefighting was finished Thursday after a 13-square-mile wildfire in the Virgin Mountains of southern Nevada and northwest Arizona.

``We've got containment and we're going home,'' said Dorothy Harvey, a Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman on the Nickel fire.

A command post was being dismantled at an elementary school in Bunkerville, with most of the 492 firefighters drawn to the 8,404-acre fire reassigned elsewhere in the West.

Harvey said 26 would remain to watch for flare-ups and rehabilitate fire lines in sensitive desert habitat about 12 miles south of Mesquite and 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

People might see smoke in the area during the next couple of months from smoldering sage, pinon and juniper pine, the BLM spokeswoman added.

The fire was sparked by a June 16 lightning strike. Two firefighters reported minor injuries and several abandoned corrals were consumed, but no homes or structures were damaged.