Fire in SE Oregon burns 200 square miles

Fire in SE Oregon burns 200 square miles
Fires burning in Oregon, California and Nevada, as seen from space (courtesy NASA)

DENIO, Nev. - A fire sparked by lightning in northeast Nevada Sunday has burned across almost 200 square miles and continues to burn north into Oregon and south into Nevada.

The Holloway Fire started Sunday with a lightning strike in Nevada. Since then, the fire has burned across the border into Oregon.

Fire bosses said 35 structures are threatened by the fire.

The fire is 5 percent contained, and fire managers report the "growth potential remains extreme."

Over 250 people are fighting the fire from land and air in temperatures in excess of 100 degrees and less than 10 percent humidity.

"The fire is starting spot fires when it's burning sagebrush," fire managers report. "Firefighters saw the fire 'torch,' create whirls, and run for significant distances."

Sparked by lightning, the Holloway Fire had burned 112 square miles (291 square kilometers) near the Nevada-Oregon border by August 8, 2012. The fire is burning in grass and scrubland, close the same area that burned in July in the Long Draw Fire. This natural-color satellite image shows smoke from the fire blowing north. It was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on August 7, 2012. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red. (NASA Earth Observatory)