Huge northern Nevada wildfire nearly half contained

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — Fire crews in northern Nevada have dug a containment line around about half of a wildfire that has burned an area nearly half the size of the state of Rhode Island.

Fire officials said Wednesday the Martin Fire is now 48 percent contained. No injuries have been reported or structures damaged, and no populated areas are currently threatened.

But more than 600 firefighters continue to battle temperatures approaching triple-digits in difficult high-desert terrain in the remote area about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of the Idaho line.

The fire line now extends 57 miles (91 km) on its south border about 60 miles (96 km) north of Interstate 80 between Winnemucca and Elko.

Temporary flight restrictions have been put in place above the fire, which has burned nearly 700 square miles (1,813 sq. kilometers) and is visible from space.

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