ELKO COUNTY, Nevada (ABC4 Utah) – A wildfire burning near Interstate 80 in Nevada forced evacuations in Elko County and burned several homes overnight.
Elko County Sheriff’s Office says White Rock and Osino areas were evacuated due to the fire they are calling the Oil Well Fire.
Officials on Wednesday say the fire is now about 90% contained. Initially they reported 14 homes were destroyed by the fire, but they have since scaled their numbers down to half that size. Officials say three of the homes destroyed were uninhabited.
According to the Elko Daily Free Press, the fire started Monday afternoon in Kittridge Canyon and grew to about 1,000 acres in two hours. As of 1:30 a.m. the fire had reached 7,466 acres.
An evacuation center was set up at the Elk High School Old Gym.
The High Desert Inn (3015 Idaho St.) in Elko also offered rooms for those displaced for $35 per night.
I-80 was closed between Osino and Elko through Tuesday while crews actively fought the fire.
This is a developing story. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.