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RENO, Nev. (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire that destroyed four homes in rural northeast Nevada and damaged several more is now 90 percent contained.

Bureau of Land Management spokesman Greg Deimel (DEYE'-muhl) said Wednesday that a total of seven residences burned just east of Elko, but three of those were uninhabited.

Deimel says no one was hurt in the fire that broke out in extremely windy conditions Monday afternoon.

But five outbuildings and 16 vehicles also were destroyed by the flames that shut down part of Interstate 80 for several hours about 100 miles west of the Utah line.

Deimel says the fire charred about 11 square miles of mostly grass and sagebrush. But he says there's virtually no fire activity within the perimeter so some of the 350 crew members on the lines may be released later Wednesday to fight other fires.

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