AP via CBS News RENO, Nev. – Wind gusts of up to 82 mph pushed a fast-moving brush fire south of Reno out of control Thursday as it burned several homes, threatened dozens more and forced about 10,000 people to evacuate their neighborhoods.
Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez said more than 230 firefighters were battling the blaze, which had grown to nearly 5 square miles within hours.
Updated reports indicate 26 occupied dwellings have been destroyed. Reno, like much of the west has not seen precipitation for almost six weeks. In my area of central California the foothills are bone dry and dusty. It’s surprising Reno is the only area in the west stricken by fire.
Here is an image of the advancing storm system. Full containment should be expected in the next 24 hours if this system delivers expected precipitation totals.
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