Researchers are assessing the damage after a wildfire near the California-Nevada border burned through critical habitat for one of North America’s most endangered rodents. Monday’s lightning-sparked blaze near Tecopa, California, 85 miles southwest of Las Vegas, scorched 27 acres of spring-fed wetlands before firefighters could extinguish the flames. Janet Foley, a veterinary professor at the University of California, Davis, said the fire burned 10 to 20 percent of the remaining natural habitat for the Amargosa vole, a small, brown critter found nowhere else in the wild.

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