Washoe fire 50 percent contained
January 20, 2012
Firefighters have a line around half of the 3,800-acre Washoe Drive fire that burned more than 20 structures as of 4 a.m. today as more than 150 firefighters worked through the night to slow the blaze’s progress.
Those firefighters will be reinforced by 400 more today, according to Washoe County officials.
Increased moisture, decreasing winds and lower temperatures are allowing firefighters to reinforce the perimeter and mop up the fire, Sierra Front Interagency Dispatcher Helen Frazier said this morning.
One person was killed in the fire area, but officials have not determined whether the death was a result of the fire.
Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Dan Lopez said Highway 395 is expected to be closed through today and maybe into Saturday as firefighters work from the highway.
Lopez advised motorists to use Highway 50 to Silver Springs and then north to Fernley as an alternative route.
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Highway 341 through Virginia City is open, but due to expected inclement weather, motorists are advised to carry chains.
Residents returning to those areas are advised to take care as power lines may still be down and fire and law enforcement crews continue to work in those areas.
Reno residents in need of resources or wishing to donate may contact the Red Cross at (775) 856-1000. Citizens can call 211 or (775)337-5800 for evacuation information.
For official information regarding the fire, citizens are encouraged to visit http://www.washoecounty.us
American Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at Damonte Ranch High School, 10500 Rio Wrangler Parkway in Reno. Small animals can be evacuated to Damonte High School. Large animals can be evacuated to Reno Livestock Events Center.