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July 12, 2013
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Friday update: Evacuations and road closures lifted

All evacuations and road closures have been lifted for the Bison fire as firefighters have a line 80 percent around what’s been called the largest fire on record in Western Nevada.

The fire is holding at 24,136 acres, and full containment is expected on Sunday. The price tag on the fire hit $5.6 million.

A firefighter was treated for a breathing problem on Thursday, the second injury on the fire in the week since lightning started it on July 4.

The number of firefighters working the blaze has dropped below 1,000 as units begin demobilizing for other fires.

Two dozen engines, 31 hand crews, nine water tenders and three bulldozers will continue to mop up the fire on the ground with the support of five single-engine air tankers and seven helicopters.

Firefighters will be closing the spike camp and helibase in Smith Valley established to fight the fire on the eastern flank.

“We continue to ask that, for your safety and the safety of the firefighters, the public stay away from the fire area,” said fire spokeswoman Dorothy Harvey. “No residences were damaged or lost in the Bison fire but to lessen the possibility of your home being damaged in another fire, please clear 30 feet around your residences, reduce the fuel, reduce the risk. Go to the Firewise link at www.firewise.org for further information.”

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The Record Courier Updated Jul 15, 2013 01:53PM Published Jul 12, 2013 05:04PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.