The large wind driven fire in Washoe County Nevada had our local firefighters chaining up engines in Nevada and Placer County to help battle the now 4000 acre blaze. Nevada County Consolidated Fire Chief Tim Fike says our firefighters were given the night shift last night.
“After a slow climb up the hill on snow chains from Washington Road to Truckee, they made it into Reno last night and were assigned night shift. Their mission was patrol and mop up and were successful in containing fire that was expanding into a barn and saved the barn and they were very busy doing mop up around a bunch of homes.”
Chief Fike says the winds have calmed down from a high of 82 miles an hour yesterday to 30 miles per hour and clear skies are expected to cloud and up and bring some needed showers this afternoon. According to the Reno Gazette, there was one fatality although it has not been determined if it was related to the fire. 26 homes have burned, threatening dozens more and forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate their neighborhoods.
Authorities shut down about a five-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 395 after heavy smoke reduced visibility to zero north of Washoe Lake in Pleasant Valley, about 10 miles from Reno. The fire was running north along the highway toward Reno near the base of the hillsides.