65°F
weather icon Clear
app-logo
RJ App
Vegas News, Alerts, ePaper

200 firefighters battle fire threatening homes north of Reno

RENO — More than 200 firefighters were battling the largest of a series of lightning-sparked fires north of Reno that threatened dozens of homes Friday and prompted some voluntary evacuations.

About 40 structures remained threatened at midday Friday in the Red Rock area north of Reno and east of U.S. Highway 395 north of Stead, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District spokeswoman Erin Holland said.

There have been no reports of any injuries or structures damaged by the fire that has burned about 3 square miles of grass and brush, she said.

Dozens of residents voluntarily evacuated to a Red Cross shelter set up at O’Brien Middle School in Stead after dry lightning started the fire about 7 p.m. Thursday, but a spokesman at the school said Friday morning that they all had left.

Three hundred to 400 homes were threatened at one point Thursday night. But Holland said cooler weather helped crews make progress on the blaze overnight, and air tankers joined in the fight Friday morning, dropping retardant on the flames in the rocky, high desert of the Sierra a few miles east of the California line.

Holland said they remain concerned about winds picking up Friday afternoon with temperatures expected in excess of 100 degrees.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Eye drops recalled after infections in Nevada, other states

One person has died from the outbreak linked to the over-the-counter eye drops, and at least five others had permanent vision loss, health officials said.

California stands alone on Colorado River water usage plan

With the recent expiration of a federal deadline, California now finds itself sharply at odds with six other states over how to take less water from the shrinking Colorado River.

 
Fill Lake Mead with Mississippi River water? Don’t rule it out

Amid a major drought in the Western U.S., a proposed solution comes up repeatedly: large-scale river diversions, including pumping Mississippi River water to parched states.

Oregon kidnapping suspect killed 2 before suicide, police say

Benjamin Obadiah Foster, 36, died at a hospital Tuesday night, hours after he shot himself while hiding in a crawlspace underneath a house in Grants Pass, Oregon.

GM approves $650M Nevada lithium mine investment

General Motors Co. has conditionally agreed to invest $650 million in Lithium Americas Corp. in a deal that will give GM exclusive access to the first phase of a mine planned near the Nevada-Oregon line with the largest known source of lithium in the U.S.