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Long Valley Fire fully contained after burning 83,000-plus acres across California, Nevada

The Long Valley Fire burns on Saturday as it grows to more than 63,000 acres. (Courtesy: Reno Fire Department)

The Long Valley Fire, first reported at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, in Lassen County, California has been fully contained after spreading across to Nevada, briefly spurring evacuation advisories for a community near Pyramid Lake.

The fire was held to an estimated size of 83,733 acres by Friday, July 21, according to the Bureau of Land Management's final update.

Officials say the fire has extended southeast to Moonstone Road and Winnemucca Ranch Road and was moving eastward towards Pyramid Lake. The fire is currently on Tule Ridge in the Dogskin Mountains.

An advisory evacuation was reinstated for the Sutcliffe community as of 8 p.m. Sunday night, but it was later lifted Monday, July 17. State Route 445 has reopened north of Pyramid Highway.

Fire activity remained dynamic Monday, July 17, according to Sierra Front. A spike camp was set up for firefighters in Sutcliffe, and additional fire line improvement and mop-up continued during the week.

By Wednesday, July 19, the focus was on extinguishing hot spots, patrolling the fire perimeter and beginning suppression repair.

The Ortiz Camp, officials say, suffered direct fire contact but no structures were lost thanks to the ground resources and air assets.

The fire first started about three miles north of Doyle, off Highway 395 and Cowboy Joe Road, and it has been moving east and northeast. A firefighter on scene Tuesday, July 11, said the fire had crossed into Nevada.

Evacuations were requested Wednesday for 12 residences in the area of Fish Springs Road and Winnemucca Ranch Road in Nevada due to the fire, according to Sierra Front.

Evacuations were previously issued Tuesday, July 11, for some homes in the Doyle area, including on Hackstaff Road and Clarks Lost Road. Those evacuations were lifted on Wednesday, July 12.

Three homes have been damaged and five outbuildings destroyed because of the fire so far, according to a statement from Sierra Front. One resident, Daniel Rivera, told News 4-Fox 11 he and his girlfriend lost their home in the fire.

About 676 people were taking part in the firefighting response at one point, Sierra Front reported on Wednesday, July 19. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Wild Horse and Burro Center in Palomino Valley remained unaffected, and the animals there were safe, according to the BLM on Sunday.


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