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Washington Fire 45 percent contained; fight cost up to $7.6 million

Kurt Hildebrand
The Record-Courier

GENO, Nev. — One of Alpine County's links to the rest of California reopened on Sunday, a week after it was closed to fight the 17,697-acre Washington Fire.

As of Monday, Highway 4 is open to through traffic only from Ebbetts Pass to the junction of 89 and over to Markleeville. Highway 89 over Monitor Pass remains closed, as does Wolf Creek Road.

Federal lands next to the highways remain under an emergency closure while firefighters work.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, 1,160 firefighters are working the blaze, roughly doubling the population of Alpine County. Among those personnel are 31 hand crews and 52 engines.

The fire, which has cost $7.6 million to fight so far, is 45 percent contained.

Far from hurting, the weather helped a little bit, with light precipitation dropping over the fire area.

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The fires set by weekend thunderstorms appear to be under control this morning, according to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch.

More than two dozen fires were reported to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch from lightning throughout the Truckee-Tahoe-Reno-Carson regio.

All the reported fires are being worked on or have been extinguished.