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Friday, November 18, 2011

NV-RNOX- Caughlin / Reno WUI Fire 1,847 acres, Evacuations

Final Update: The Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators (SFWC) Type 3 Incident Management Team Incident Commander Mike Brown said authorities had estimated 1,847 acres and 80 percent containment of wild-land fire and were hoping for full containment by midweek. 74 year old male dead from heart attack during evacuation,32 Homes Destroyed. Continuing Snowfall Forecast.
Today (11/19) most of the fire behavior are small spot fires and islands of brush that have not completely burned. Several buildings have also been smoldering and will be extinguished by crews today.

State of Emergency just called for by NV Gov. 10,000 evacuated, Thousands are without power Friday morning and at least 20 homes destroyed West of Reno. Very aggressive fire is "hop-scotching" to homes and high winds are making it extremely difficult to contain the rapidly growing blaze. The fire broke off into two directions and crews are battling it from several fronts.
Incident Name/Type: NV-RNOX-Caughlin / Wildland Urban Interface Fire
Screenshot from National Weather Service Webcam
Last Update: 1 Confirmed Dead: Elderly Male Found Dead In Burned Home.
 City of Reno says if you are being advised to evacuate go to Galena High School off the Mount Rose Highway. Pets are welcome #caughlinfire
Caughlin Fire Location / Perimeter Maps
  • Date/Time Started: November 18 12:30 am
  • Administrative Unit: RNOX
  • County: Washoe County
  • Location: Fire origin at 4984 Sierra Pine Drive in west Reno and as many as 1,000 people are without power.
  • Acres Burned: 600+
  • ROS: Rapid
  • Containment: 
  • Conditions: Very high winds. 20 structures lost.
  • Road Closures: McCarran Boulevard to be closed at Caughlin Parkway and Skyline Blvd.Nevada Caughlin Ranch area.
  • Structure Threats: Yes
  • Special Hazards: Powerlines Down
  • Evacuations: Structures and Livestock being evacuated.
    Evacuations are underway in the Ridgeview and Lakeshore Drive areas that includes Skyline apartments. Witnesses report seeing a home fully engulfed on Lakeridge Shore Drive and another on Manazanita Drive near McCarran Blvd. Several homes are threatened at this time.
    A spokesperson with the City of Reno says if you are being advised to evacuate from your home, go to Galena High School off the Mount Rose Highway. The evac center at Reno High School is full. Pets are welcome at evac centers. Most Washoe County schools are closed for Friday because of the fire.
  • Animal evacuations:
    Small animals can be taken for free to:
    Advance Pet Care, 2001 Prater Way.
    321-5300... Bob.
    In the Spanish Springs area, Marie can take any livestock: 240-9002.
    Evacuated cattle or horses can be taken to Tuff Luck Ranch at 175 River Road in Dayton. Beth Gee at 691-6096.
    Feline Rescue of Northern Nevada offering free services for holding cats... 544-4475.
    Franktown Meadows in Washoe Valley accepting any animals for free... 849-1600... Across from Bowers mansion.
    You can also take animals to 1215 Mineral Flat in Antelope Valley... 775-970-5425. You must dial 775 for that number.
    The Reno Livestock Events Center on Wells Avenue is open and now available for people to bring their livestock.
    K.A. Animal Rescue is taking animals, ask for Deborah
  • Cause: Pending, reports of powerlines down.
  • Cooperating Agencies: Reno Fire Dept, Truckee Meadows, Lyon and Storey County Fire, USFS, Tahoe,
  • Resources: 
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  • Comms: 
  • Injuries: 
  • Weather Info: 70+ mph wind gusts till after 4pm says NWS. 
  • RR Link:
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  • Agency Link:
  • Video: Live Streaming at  Channel 8 KOLO
    NOAA Web Cam -
  • View Caughlin Fire (fka Pine Haven fire) in a larger map

View Caughlin Fire (fka Pine Haven fire) in a larger map

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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