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Voluntary Evacuations Lifted Near Bison Fire

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A voluntary evacuation order has been lifted for residents near a sprawling northern Nevada wildfire in the mountains near Gardnerville and Carson City.
Bison Fire incident commander Mike Whalen reported Thursday that crews have established a fire line on a ridge in the Pine Nut Mountains above Pipeline Canyon.
That'll allow residents to return to 78 homes evacuated Tuesday in the upper Smith Valley area of Lyon County.
More than 1,060 firefighters have been battling the fire that was sparked by lightning July 4.
It's now 65% contained with full containment expected on Sunday.
The weather on Thursday is expected to be in the 80s with low humidity.

The following road closures for non-residents are in place for:

 •Pine Nut Road at the intersection of Out-R-Way
 •East Valley at Grandview
 •Sunrise Pass at Coyote Rock
 •Brunswick Canyon Road
 •Mexican Dam
 •Sunrise Pass Road at Artesia Road

The blaze has covered roughly 43 square miles of rugged terrain in Douglas and Lyon counties, and cost more than $5.3 million to fight so far. 

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)

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