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Wildfire burns nearly 10,000 acres northwest of Winnemucca

(MGN Online)

Crews are battling a wildfire first reported Tuesday afternoon about 20 miles northwest of Winnemucca, according to a spokesman for the Bureau of Land Management.

Kyle Hendrix said in a statement that the Dune Fire sparked in the Slumbering Hills area and was first detected at about 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8.

The fire had reached an estimated 9,860 acres by Wednesday morning, with crews reaching full containment, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

Resources include 97 firefighters, 10 engines, four bulldozers and three water tenders.

No structures are threatened, and the fire is burning in an area marked by several sand dunes, which provide a natural barrier to fire growth, Hendrix said. Isolated thunderstorms are in the forecast for the area, and outflow winds could increase fire activity.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No lightning has been reported in the area over the last two days, according to Hendrix.

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