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Local Crews Battle Nevada Fire

Crews return this morning to battle the Washoe Drive Fire south of Reno Nevada that destroyed 20 plus homes and reached 3,700 acres. The fire is 50 percent contained and was running north along the highway toward Reno near the base of the hillsides.  Nevada County consolidated fire Chief Tim Fike says mutual aid from Nevada County is already in the areas.

“It’s Consolidated, Ophir Hill, Rough & Ready, Higgins, and Peardale- Chicago Park. And the strike team leader is Jim Bierwagen from Chicago Park.”

Placer County is also sending engines.  Winds gusting up to 82 mph pushed a fast-moving brush fire through a valley south of Reno on Thursday morning, burning several homes, threatening dozens more and forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate their neighborhoods.

There are no new details on the cause of the fire or the death attributed to it. U.S. 395 remains closed from the Mount Rose Highway to Carson City.

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