The Latest: Firefighters in Nevada brace for hot, dry winds


BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning in the Western U.S. (all times local):

8:50 a.m.

Firefighters in northwest Nevada are bracing for dry, hot winds and the possibility of erratic flames as they battle a series of wildfires that have charred almost 75 square miles of rangeland.

Incident commanders predict humidity in the single-digits Tuesday in the Virginia Mountains, with wind gusts up to 45 miles an hour.

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe town of Sutcliffe is no longer threatened, but residents in some rural areas have been told to prepare to evacuate quickly if necessary. The lake is closed.

About 800 firefighters are battling the fires, which are roughly 40 percent contained.

About 50 miles north, a wildfire in the scenic Poodle Mountain Wilderness Study Area has burned nearly 8 square miles.

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8:25 a.m.

Crews overnight got a bit more control over a stubborn wildfire in California’s Central Valley.

The blaze has destroyed three homes and is threatening another 400 northeast of Fresno as it heads into its second week. It also has burned two other buildings.

Authorities said Tuesday that firefighters increased containment to 30 percent.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says about 300 people were under evacuation orders from homes just outside the Sierra National Forest.

The 4.5-square-mile blaze started Saturday afternoon in steep, rugged terrain.

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