"Monitors Arrive After Radioactive Waste Site Fire in Nevada"

"LAS VEGAS — Radiation wasn't immediately detected during fly-overs of a burned trench containing long-buried radioactive waste at a commercial disposal site in rural southern Nevada, state and federal officials said Monday.

Ground testing was scheduled next, headed by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency radiological emergency team sent to the site about 115 miles northwest of Las Vegas, said Rusty Harris-Bishop, spokesman for the EPA Region 9 office in San Francisco.

'No gamma radiation has been detected at this time,' Harris-Bishop said in a statement announcing the federal agency was joining a damage and danger assessment headed by the state and involving the Nevada National Guard, Nye County officials and U.S. Energy Department."

Sally Ho and Ken Ritter report for the Associated Press October 19, 2015.

Source: AP, 10/20/2015