July 29, 1996 in Nation/World

Weather Becomes Firefighters’ Ally

Compiled From Wire Services

Steady drizzle helped crews defeat two fires in the Sierra Nevada on Sunday, and firefighters also declared victory over a 14,400-acre fire in northern Nevada.

Thanks to the wet weather, a fire in the Sierra near Coleville, Calif., was contained at 670 acres with control expected by tonight.

North of Coleville, a fire in the Plumas National Forest was contained at 5,000 acres, spokeswoman Nina Stone said Sunday. That fire started Thursday near Beckwourth, Calif., about 50 miles northwest of Reno.

In north-central Nevada, firefighters surrounded a 14,400-acre lightning blaze near McDermitt on the Oregon state line and crews were being sent home.

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