Wildfire 20 Percent Contained in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A lightning-sparked wildfire in the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge was 20 percent contained Tuesday, a Bureau of Land Management official said.

About 130 firefighters and police from several federal agencies were battling the 400-acre fire on federal and private land in the refuge in rural Nye County, about 70 miles west of Las Vegas, BLM spokeswoman Kirsten Cannon said.

No injuries were reported and no homes or structures were immediately threatened.

The blaze was dubbed the Longstreet Fire, after the name of a hotel and gambling hall in nearby Amargosa Valley.

Cannon said the fire started Sunday afternoon. The refuge is home to at least 12 endangered or threatened species of birds, plants and fish not far from the California state line and Death Valley National Park.

Loading