Evacuation lifted after Elko fire torches 14 homes

(Elko County Sheriff's Office)


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ELKO, Nevada — Hundreds of residents in Elko County, Nevada, returned to their homes Tuesday to assess damage from a raging, wind-driven wildfire that destroyed several residences and shut down a stretch of Interstate 80 for several hours.

The wildfire that destroyed 14 homes shut down a stretch of I-80 in Nevada for several hours on Monday.

No serious injuries were reported in the fire that broke out northeast of Elko and burned more than 11 square miles of brush, according to the Associated Press.

Elko County canceled a civil emergency and lifted evacuation orders Tuesday for the town of Osino and the Whiterock area straddling the interstate about 90 miles west of the Utah line.

Traffic on I-80 was moving unrestricted in both directions, but the situation could change, Nevada Department of Transportation spokeswoman Meg Ragonese said.

The fire is believed to be human-caused, but it remained under investigation.

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