A lightning-sparked fire south of Elko burned thousands of acres near Twin Bridges in less than 24 hours.

Firefighters were called out around 5 p.m. Sunday, after thunderstorms produced lightning strikes around the Ruby Mountains. The Cedar Fire burned 1,000 acres by sunset, 2,000 by dawn, and 4,000 by noon Monday.

Four structures were threatened as winds kept the blaze about three miles south of South Fork Reservoir.

“It was very active last night,” Rita Henderson, public affairs officer for the Bureau of Land Management, said Monday.

Aircraft were pulling water out of South Fork to battle the blaze. The initial attack included two air tankers, eight single-engine air tankers and 10 federal engines, along with a state crew and contract crew.

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