Containment increases on wildland fires in Calaveras, Lassen counties

Containment has increased overnight on two wildland fires: one that began in Lassen County and another that has burned oak woodland in Calaveras County.

A fire that started July 11 near Doyle in Lassen County has charred 83,733 acres in two states. For a while, the blaze threatened Sutcliffe, a small community on the west shore of Pyramid Lake. The evacuation advisory for the community was lifted Tuesday.

The Long Valley Fire burned through grass and brush as it raced across the Fort Sage mountains 50 miles north of Reno.

Nevada Highway 445, which runs through the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation along the west shore of Pyramid, was closed for a time just south of Sutcliffe. Highway 445 was reopened Tuesday north of its intersection with Nevada Highway 446.

The Long Valley fire did not produce spot fires despite gusts of more than 30 mph. The fire did not grow overnight.

Helicopter crews will douse the blaze with water and ground forces will work to improve fire lines on Tuesday. Strong winds were expected again Tuesday.

The cause of the fire, which burned three structures in eastern Lassen County before crossing into Nevada near State Line Peak, has not been determined.

The Long Valley Fire was 57 percent contained Tuesday evening, an increase of 17 percent since morning.

Meanwhile, a much smaller fire in Calaveras County, the Maria Fire, was reported 60 percent contained.

The blaze off Jesus Maria Road and Music Gulch Road had burned 117 acres Tuesday. The fire was reported burning in the area of the 2015 Butte Fire.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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