The R-C Morning Report |

The R-C Morning Report

by Kurt Hildebrand

Highway 395 between Duck Hill and the Mt. Rose Junction continues to be closed this morning for the Washoe Drive fire. Since there are chain controls on the Mount Rose Highway, the best route around would be to go through Virginia City.

The Washoe Drive fire has claimed at least 20 homes and grown to 3,700 acres. One person died in the fire area, but officials are uncertain if that was a result of the fire, according to information released by Washoe County.

As if there wasn’t enough trouble, the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Western Nevada starting tonight when the next storm comes in. Rain should hit our part of the world around 7 p.m. Recently burned areas could be vulnerable to flooding and debris flows. For us that means the Pine Nuts.

Our rain storm did something, though probably not as much as we would have hoped. Genoa had .04 inches of rain. The Gardnerville Ranchos did better with .17 inches overnight. Tonight’s storm is supposed to be the real producer. Expect the wind to pick up to 20-25 mph before it gets here, though. Weather service is calling for snow on Saturday, with possible accumulation of up to an inch.