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Breaking! Massive fire in Reno - 20+ homes burn

 
Anonymous Coward
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11/18/2011 02:23 PM
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Re: Breaking! Massive fire in Reno - 20+ homes burn
What is the cause of the fires? Is this area known for fire outbreaks? I know forest fires regularly happen, but does Reno have forests? (Not familiar with the area.)
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So far, the cause of the fire has not been determined. Wind could have knocked down trees onto power lines, or power lines could have come down on their own, or who knows what. Reports did say that fire started at the top of a peak located to the W/SW of Reno. Fires have happened near Reno before, but nothing like this! Wind is still blowing 35 to 40 constantly and gusting to 65mph! Supposed to die down, but up here at South Lake Tahoe, the wind is blowing very hard, with gusts over 50mph easy! Fuels for the fire include small pine trees, various types of grasses, brush, and deciduous trees. Over 20 homes burned to the ground, and more burning. 10,000 people evacuated so far. Fire is far from over according to reports just now from channel 4 in Reno, with no containment forecast. The commander of emergency services of the Sheriff's dept. saying right now on TV that homes that burned or were damaged in some way by the fire are going to be gone through to make sure fires are out and no one was left in the homes.
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11/18/2011 02:48 PM
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Heads up and take care down there!
We are thinking of you and hope for a quick end to this.

Mickey and Minni
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11/18/2011 02:50 PM
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Heads up and take care down there!
We are thinking of you and hope for a quick end to this.

Mickey and Minni
 Quoting: my2centsworth


Thanks, our friends that had to evacuate are on pins and needles right now - glued to the TV.
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11/18/2011 02:55 PM
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Heads up and take care down there!
We are thinking of you and hope for a quick end to this.

Mickey and Minni
 Quoting: my2centsworth


Thanks, our friends that had to evacuate are on pins and needles right now - glued to the TV.
 Quoting: MrAC2U


I guess everyone will be on pins and needles, watching the TV for any news they can pick up.
It's hard to have everything you've worked for in the line of fire and nothing you can do but watch.
For all it's worth...Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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11/18/2011 03:06 PM
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Re: Breaking! Massive fire in Reno - 20+ homes burn
Cause of fire has tentatively been determined to be arking power lines caused by high winds. Two sepearte fires started and grew into one big fire.
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11/18/2011 03:09 PM
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Re: Breaking! Massive fire in Reno - 20+ homes burn
I am about 15 minutes away from this fire, and obviously, following this story closely. The news just said "zero containment" at this point, 10k evacuated so far. They are expecting to be fighting this fire throughout the day and night. What is on fire is a very suburban area, and not an area that is prone to this kind of fire risk.

In my area, we are having gusts to 70 miles an hour, the house is shaking, cats going nuts. The high wind warnings go for at least another 4 hours, maybe longer,

We have wildfires every year here, but nothing like this. It looks like hell.
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11/18/2011 03:19 PM

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Re: Breaking! Massive fire in Reno - 20+ homes burn
I am about 15 minutes away from this fire, and obviously, following this story closely. The news just said "zero containment" at this point, 10k evacuated so far. They are expecting to be fighting this fire throughout the day and night. What is on fire is a very suburban area, and not an area that is prone to this kind of fire risk.

In my area, we are having gusts to 70 miles an hour, the house is shaking, cats going nuts. The high wind warnings go for at least another 4 hours, maybe longer,

We have wildfires every year here, but nothing like this. It looks like hell.
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Ant idea which direction this is moving? Should I be concerned about my elderly parents in Genoa?
DoorBert

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11/18/2011 03:20 PM
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Breaking News

Reno fire update: Officials say 4,900 homes threatened; Man dies while evacuating


[link to twitter.com]
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11/18/2011 03:29 PM
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Re: Breaking! Massive fire in Reno - 20+ homes burn
I am about 15 minutes away from this fire, and obviously, following this story closely. The news just said "zero containment" at this point, 10k evacuated so far. They are expecting to be fighting this fire throughout the day and night. What is on fire is a very suburban area, and not an area that is prone to this kind of fire risk.

In my area, we are having gusts to 70 miles an hour, the house is shaking, cats going nuts. The high wind warnings go for at least another 4 hours, maybe longer,

We have wildfires every year here, but nothing like this. It looks like hell.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1292732


Ant idea which direction this is moving? Should I be concerned about my elderly parents in Genoa?
 Quoting: DaKine


Genoa is many miles from this.

The fire is jumping from location to location here.

It is the wind.
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11/18/2011 03:31 PM
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Re: Breaking! Massive fire in Reno - 20+ homes burn
I am about 15 minutes away from this fire, and obviously, following this story closely. The news just said "zero containment" at this point, 10k evacuated so far. They are expecting to be fighting this fire throughout the day and night. What is on fire is a very suburban area, and not an area that is prone to this kind of fire risk.

In my area, we are having gusts to 70 miles an hour, the house is shaking, cats going nuts. The high wind warnings go for at least another 4 hours, maybe longer,

We have wildfires every year here, but nothing like this. It looks like hell.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1292732


Ant idea which direction this is moving? Should I be concerned about my elderly parents in Genoa?
 Quoting: DaKine


Genoa is south of Carson City, and hour south of Reno--I wouldn't worry.

For Reno however, its another story, They said anything south of McCarran and West of 395 could be at risk, which is all of South West Suburban Reno. The fire is close to me, as the crow flies, but I have some physical barriers-- like HWY 395 in between me & the fire, which should help those of us east of the fire. Am keeping a watchful eye though-- and the air quality is going to suck no matter what.
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Re: Breaking! Massive fire in Reno - 20+ homes burn
I am about 15 minutes away from this fire, and obviously, following this story closely. The news just said "zero containment" at this point, 10k evacuated so far. They are expecting to be fighting this fire throughout the day and night. What is on fire is a very suburban area, and not an area that is prone to this kind of fire risk.

In my area, we are having gusts to 70 miles an hour, the house is shaking, cats going nuts. The high wind warnings go for at least another 4 hours, maybe longer,

We have wildfires every year here, but nothing like this. It looks like hell.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1292732


Ant idea which direction this is moving? Should I be concerned about my elderly parents in Genoa?
 Quoting: DaKine


Genoa is many miles from this.

The fire is jumping from location to location here.

It is the wind.
 Quoting: MrAC2U


Ok. Thanks for that. Good luck to everyone dealing with this....bring on the rain/snow.
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11/18/2011 03:55 PM
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Re: Breaking! Massive fire in Reno - 20+ homes burn
realtime wind map of Reno and surounding.

the fire goes where the winds blows.

[link to www.iwindsurf.com]

fyi.

luck!
MrAC2U  (OP)

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11/18/2011 04:59 PM
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Re: Breaking! Massive fire in Reno - 20+ homes burn
This should have a map of the fires origin - soon:

[link to reno.gov]
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11/18/2011 06:18 PM
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Re: Breaking! Massive fire in Reno - 20+ homes burn
What is the latest on homes consumed by the fire? Other buildings? What's the state of control?
MrAC2U  (OP)

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11/18/2011 06:21 PM
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Re: Breaking! Massive fire in Reno - 20+ homes burn
The last they said was 24 homes were hit with the fire. Several are burnt to the ground. There will likely be a few more damaged.

They have been able to stop the fire from spreading - that is all they said about containment.

People that were told to evac can't return till tomorrow.





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