A lightning strike near Gabbs started a wildfire that has grown to more than 4,000 acres.
The fire started at about 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 18. The burned area is five miles east of Gabbs, said Christie Kalkowski, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service, which has been tasked with containing the fire.
It’s not clear exactly how large the fire is, but most reports on Tuesday put it at around 3,500 acres.
Although smoke may be visible from Gabbs, Kalkowski said the town is not under any threat.
On Tuesday Highway 844 west of the nearby Berlin Icthosaur State Park was closed because of the fire, said Boo Coe, a traveler who tried to use the road to get to Hawthorne.
The area is also home to a flock of greater sage grouse, although the birds don’t appear to be in any danger.
“It hasn’t gotten to that area yet, and they’re feeling pretty confident about its staying out of the sage grouse habitat,” Kalkowski said.
There was no estimate on Tuesday of when the fire will be contained.