Reno fire: Wildfire spreads over 2,000 acres (Photo)

By on Nov 19, 2011 in United States, World Comments
Reno fire damages

Reno fire damage
Image Credit: Max Whittaker

Reno fire fighters reportedly contained the wildfire that has affected an area of over 2,000 acres with almost 10,000 residents in Reno, Nevada. The Reno fire sent 16 people to hospitals and has either destroyed or damaged about 25 houses, according to reports by several international news sites on Friday, November 18, 2011.

Authorities believed that the worst of the unexplained Reno fire is over with the aid of growing snow and falling temperatures. The Reno fire reportedly has flames that reached up to 50 feet high.

Reno fire has flames reaching 5o ft
Reno fire has flames reaching up to 5o ft high
Image Credit: The Reno Gazette-Journal, Tim Dunn

Reno Fire Chief Mike Hernandez are looking at the possibility that the Reno fire started from a downed power line or homeless encampments in the area. Hernandez also pointed out to teenagers who may have started a fire to stay warm.

Reports say that about 400 firefighters came to help control the Reno fire that spread from the Sierra Nevada foothills in northwestern Nevada and spread to the valley floor. Flames reached 50 feet high and embers pushed by the wind traveled up to a mile.

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