Friday, January 20, 2012

South Reno Washoe Fire 50% contained

As of 4 a.m. this morning, the Washoe Fire is 50% contained.  3,800 acres have burned since the fire broke out yesterday shortly after noon.  One hundred and fifty firefighters and 150 law enforcement officers spent the evening and early morning hours fighting the blaze.  400 more firefighters are expected join in the efforts today.

There is one confirmed fatality within the fire area, though it has not been confirmed whether or not the fatality is a direct result of the fire.  The identity of the victim has not been released.  More than 20 structures have burned as a result of the blaze.
Evacuations were lifted today in several areas.  Residents are reminded that power lines may be down and fire and law enforcement crews continue to work in those areas. 

Firefighters are making progress on the fire, with primary focus of securing the perimeter of the blaze.  The National Weather Service in Reno says they are tracking a powerful storm that is pushing into the area today, bringing high winds and rain.  The wind and rain could lead to flash flooding coming off the burn areas.

Fire residents from two separate burn areas will be allowed back in to survey their property today. An escorted transportation service will bring residents in.

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