Caughlin residents may be allowed back into their homes this afternoon |

Caughlin residents may be allowed back into their homes this afternoon

Staff Reports

Firefighters made progress in extinguishing the 2,000 acre Caughlin fire in Reno overnight as high winds died back and light snow fell in the area.

The fire forced the evacuations of up to 10,000 residents as it burned in southwest Reno.

The Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch is reporting 25 homes lost in the blaze.

Residents of the area are expected to be escorted back into the scene of the fire by mid-afternoon today.

A disaster Recovery Team, consisting of representatives of the Reno Fire Department, Reno Police Dept., NV Energy, the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, City of Reno Public Works, Washoe County and City of Reno building officials, and a Nevada Disaster representative will enter the areas affected by the fire. They will determine safe areas first, then identify individual addresses, that are safe for re-entry. Once this is done, the Reno PD will organize residential re-entry.

At its peak, there were 9,000 residences affected by power outages; 400 structures, 50 commercial properties, and 100 outbuildings threatened; and, evacuations in effect.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized the use of federal funds to help the state of Nevada fight the Caughlin Fire in Washoe County.

The authorization makes FEMA funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire.

“FEMA Region IX remains in constant contact with the Nevada Division of Emergency Management to identify needs and provide ongoing support as requested,” said FEMA Region IX Administrator, Nancy Ward.