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Two Small Wildfires Near Las Vegas Nearly Contained

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fire crews are making progress on a dozen small wildfires in southern Nevada, with an end likely in sight for the fire south of Lake Tahoe near the California border that's been burning for weeks.

Two of the 12 small fires caused by lightning this week in the Red Rock Conservation and Spring Mountains areas northwest of Las Vegas are expected to be contained Friday. Both are under a square mile in size.

Officials also plan to downgrade the fire response team on Sunday for the 27-square mile fire south of Lake Tahoe, which was started in June by lightning.

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It's estimated that the fire near the small California town of Markleeville will be fully contained by the end of the month thanks to rain and cool weather.