Poeville fire west of Reno tops 3,500 acres | RecordCourier.com

Poeville fire west of Reno tops 3,500 acres

An unauthorized drone flight delayed air response for the Poeville Fire burning on Peavine Mountain above Reno.

East Fork Brush 12 responded to the fire on Saturday that started on Friday night near Poeville Road west of Reno.

Gusty winds and low humidity that prompted a weekend-long red flag warning fanned the flames, with the fire more than doubling in size to 3,500 acres over the course of a day.

Overnight firefighters were able to get a line around a tenth of the fire, which is burning in brush and grass. Fire crews will continue to secure and increase containment lines today, according to fire officials.

Residents were asked to evacuate neighborhoods in the vicinity of the fire. By noon Sunday, most evacuation orders were lifted, with the exception of Hindel Road and Myers Ave.

North Virginia Street from Lemon Drive to Stead Boulevard remains closed.

The Poeville Fire is under investigation. Information on the number and type of structures lost is not available at this time. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is in unified command with Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District. 

The American Red Cross set up an evacuation center at the Senior Center at 9th Street and Wells. Evacuees need to remain in their cars for social distancing and American Red Cross of Nevada will assist them with water and resources. Reno livestock events center is taking evacuated large animals.

Firefighters have a line around 97 percent of the Monarch Fire, which should be fully contained by tonight.

Today is the second day of a red flag warning for critical fire danger.