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NV wildfire sparks evacations

Ray May Fire prompts voluntary evacuations in Douglas County

RENO, NV (UPI) | August 17, 2011

A wildfire has burned through at least 2,000 acres in northern Nevada, closing U.S. 395 and prompting voluntary evacuations, fire officials said.

The Ray May fire broke out Tuesday afternoon on federal land seven miles southeast of Gardnerville, Nev., the Reno Gazette-Journal reported Wednesday.

Nearby Pine View Estates subdivision was dark Tuesday night after electricity and propane were turned off as a precaution in case the fire spread.

Many residents voluntarily abandoned their homes.

"There's no use being around it if you don't have to be," said Randy Coley, 68, as he packed up his SUV. "We're insured. There's no use arguing with it."

After working through the night to achieve 20 percent containment, Sierra Front fire responders said they planned a direct attack using both air and ground resources.

Capt. Terry Taylor of the Douglas County Fire Department told CNN the fire was "man caused" but declined to call it arson.

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