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Como fire responsible for smoke plume over Pine Nuts

Kurt HildebrandThe Como fire is sending a smoke plume into the air above the Pine Nut Mountains.

The Como fire burning out of control southeast of Dayton is sending a smoke plume above the Pine Nut Mountains.

Estimated at 800 acres, the fire is growing quickly due to gusty winds. More than 120 firefighters and five air tankers are battling the blaze, according to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch. The fire is being fought by firefighters from the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and the Nevada Division of Forestry.

While no structures were threatened as of the last update at 5:40 p.m., communications towers and powerlines in the area are endangered by the fire.

The fire was first reported at 12:06 p.m. today and is believed to have been set by a lightning strike on Saturday evening.

There is no estimate of containment or control.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the Sierra Front through 8 p.m. tonight due to a combination of gusty winds and low humidity.