Martin Fire: Northern Nevada blaze; 440,000 acres, 48% contained | SierraSun.com

Martin Fire: Northern Nevada blaze; 440,000 acres, 48% contained

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UPDATE: 8:20 a.m., Wednesday

The Martin Fire is at 439,230 acres and 48 percent contained according to the Bureau of Land Management.

UPDATE: 11:30 a.m., Tuesday

The blaze is now being reported in at 443,000 acres, 35 percent contained, according to Bureau of Land Management.

UPDATE: 8:30 a.m., Tuesday

The Martin Fire continued to spread yesterday to 448,419 acres. Firefighters have now contained 35 percent of the blaze, according to Bureau of Land Management.

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UPDATE: 12 p.m., Monday

The Martin Fire has spread further to encompass 399,429 acre, according to Bureau of Land Management. The fire is 8 percent contained.

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The Martin Fire, located near Northern Nevada’s Paradise Valley, has expanded to an estimated 516 square miles in two days, according to the Reno Gazette Journal.

The fire grew  yesterday by 88,000 acres and its cause is still under investigation. It was 8 percent contained as of Monday morning.

Paradise Valley has a population of more than 100 people and is an hour north of Winnemucca.

According to the Reno Gazette Journal, “hot, dry and windy conditions combined with an extraordinarily high fuel load in the area have created very challenging conditions for the more than 500 firefighters assigned to the blaze.”

Check back for more updates.