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1,000-acre brush fire burning through Little, Washoe valleys; 12+ homes burn

RENO, Nev. (AP), 11:55 a.m.:

More than a dozen homes in Nevada have been destroyed by a wind-whipped wildfire that is burning out of control in the Washoe Valley between Reno and Carson City.The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District says firefighters on the scene estimate as many as 18 homes have burned. Dozens more remain threatened.

Gov. Brian Sandoval left a special session of the Legislature to get a briefing on the situation.

Fire District Chief Charles Moore says the entire Washoe Valley remains at risk along the eastern front of the Sierra where winds are gusting in excess of 60 mph.


Little Valley Fire Update
Carson City is opening an evacuation center at Fuji Park for people and large animals. Ranch San Rafael Park is also open for large animal evacuations. The fire is now at 1,000 acres. Structures have been impacted.

I-580 and US 395 through Washoe Valley are closed. Eastlake Boulevard was reopened earlier this morning.

8:10 a.m.- Updated school closures: Pleasant Valley Elementary, Galena High School, Hunsberger Elementary. Fire is now 750+ acres. Air support is on standby until winds die down. Multiple structures have been effected. Rain is helping to slow the progression of the fire.

7:30 a.m. – The Little Valley fire started in the Franktown Road area at 2 a.m. on Friday, October 14 and is currently at 100+ acres. The cause is still under investigation. The fire is currently burning to the north and east. It is recommended that people in Washoe Valley, Galena and Montreaux prepare for possible evacuations. Pleasant Valley School is closed today.

6:45 a.m. – Due to wildfires in Washoe Valley, road closures are in effect. Highway 580 through Washoe Valley and Eastlake Boulevard are closed until further notice. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes. People in the area should be alert for possible evacuations.

An evacuation center has been established at Depoali Middle School, 9300 Wilbur May Parkway, Reno. As a precautionary measure, it is recommended that residents with large animals transport them to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center at 1350 N Wells Ave, Reno.

You can see the south end of the fire from the Appeal’s web camera: Here


Rolling Hills Fire Update

The Rolling Hills Fire sparked just at approximately 7:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 2016 near Mt. Rose Hwy., and Edmonton Dr., north of Galena High School, according to a Washoe County press release.

Evacuations are in place for the Rolling Hills neighborhood, east of Thomas Creek Rd., east of Wedge north of Mt. Rose, and south of Arrowcreek.

The Rolling Hills Fire is 50 percent contained.

Residents needing more info regarding these fires can call 775-337-5800.



According to Brice Bennett, Public Information Officer with  CAL FIRE Amador El Dorado Unit, a wildfire was reported at 1:33 a.m. Friday.

The blaze — now known as the Emerald Fire — at last report at about 5 a.m. had burnded 200 acres.

According to an 8:30 a.m. update from the Lake Valley Fire Protection District on Facebook: “Very strong winds are fanning the fire in different directions resulting in dangerous rates of spread.”

“Unified command has been established with the USFS, Lake Valley Fire, and CAL FIRE,” a press release said earlier Friday. “Fire is burning in the Cascade Lake/ Emerald Bay region of South Lake Tahoe. Very strong winds ahead of the incoming storm system are fanning the fire in different directions resulting in dangerous rates of spread. Currently beginning to rain over the fire.”

Evacuations are mandatory for Spring Creek, Cathedral, West shore of Fallen Leaf Lake, Cascade Properties, Cascade Lake. Those evacuated should go to South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center for shelter.

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