McDermitt, Nev. -- A wildfire south of Burns, Ore. near the Nevada state line continues to burn out of control on nearly half-a-million acres of range-land in the rugged Owyhee canyonlands.

Bureau of Land Management firefighters report they've only contained about 30 percent of the Long Draw Fire, currently burning about 10 miles north of McDermitt, Nev.

The fire hasn't claimed any homes or buildings, but has reportedly killed livestock.

The fire reportedly started on Sunday, and had forced transportation officials to close parts of U.S. Hwy. 95 this week. New estimates on Thursday say the area burned is at least 455,000 acres.


Highway 95 is the main route of travel between Idaho and the Oregon Nevada border. Officials say smoky conditions have made travel in the area dangerous throughout the past few days.

Drivers in the area are asked to please slow down, use their headlights, and be aware of increased fire traffic.


Five 20-person fire crews, 20 fire-engines, two bull-dozers, five water tenders, and a helicopter are currently fighting the fire.

Inter-agency information officer Trish Hogervorst told KTVB on Thursday the fire had shifted eastward toward the Owyhee River Canyon.

Hogervorst says wilderness study areas, horse management areas, and other wildlife habitat could be threatened by the flames.

You can see a link to the BLM's forest fighting resource page here.

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