The Reno fire has burned about 3,900 acres and has damaged around 26 homes since Friday, January 20, 2012. Since Friday morning, firefighters have had the Reno fire 50% contained. About 700 people are expected to fight the wild fire on Friday, including law enforcement, crews from the National Guard and firefighters from California.
Reno, Nevada has evacuated about 10,000 people and authorities have had to close major U.S. Highway 395. Meanwhile, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has declared a state of emergency. “Declaring a state of emergency ensures that every resource from the local, state and federal level is available to assist. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been and are being affected by this fire.”
The Reno fire started shortly after noon on Thursday, January 19, 2012 when wind guests were reaching 82 mph. A record 56 days without precipitation in the Reno, Nevada area has made it difficult to keep wild fire under control.
“I tell you what, it was a disaster. This fire was totally wind-driven. It went through some subdivisions, and unfortunately, some structures were lost,” says Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez.
Reno Fire Chief, Michael Hernandez says this Reno fire is almost a carbon copy of the wild fire that destroyed 30 home back in November 2011. “It’s inconceivable that this community has been struck by tragedy again,” said Gov. Brian Sandoval. The November Reno fire was sparked by downed power lines, strong winds and dry conditions helped fuel it.
Three nearby schools are closed Friday due to the wild fire in Reno Nevada.
Flames were visible from the downtown casino district, about 10 miles away on Thursday night.
About 2,300 NV Energy customer homes in the area were without power as of 8 p.m. Thursday night.
Wet weather is in the forecast for Friday, and snow is forecasted by Friday night, but high winds are still expected to continue, with wind gusts reaching up to 40 mph at times.