Wildfire Near Ely 90% Contained; Full Containment July 4th
Windy-dry conditions aren't helping firefighters as they work to fully contain a fire in eastern Nevada that first started as a prescribed burn on June 9th.
Firefighters say the North Schell Fire is now 90% contained. It's burning in the Schell Mountain Range about 20 miles northeast of Ely.
Full containment is expected on the Fourth of July.
In the week since this blaze was officially declared a wildfire, it's burned more than 12,000 acres.
Fortunately, no structures have been damaged and none are threatened.
The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest issued a Fire Closure Special Order for the Indian Creek Road. The Kalamazoo Road and Recreation Site will also remain closed until further notice. All other area recreation sites in the area are open.
Ely and McGill residents may occasionally see smoke from the fire area.