Reno Caughlin Fire – Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval declared a state of emergency at 8 a.m. for Reno in the wake of the Caughlin fire.
The declaration qualifies local governments for federal assistance. Sandoval is onsite with local officials and the state emergency operations center has been activated.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been and are being affected by this fire,” Sandoval said in a statement. “Declaring a state of emergency ensures that every resource from the local, state and federal level is available to assist. I have asked the National Guard to be on alert and state resources are supporting Reno and Washoe County officials.”
High winds and low humidity combined for the perfect conditions for the late-season wildfire, said Genny Wilson, chief ranger for the U.S. Forest Service Carson Ranger District.
Forest service fire crews have joined local units in fight the fire under a unified command.
Wilson said about 450 acres of the Toiyabe National Forest have burned off Hunter Lake Road. The majority of the fire is within the city of Reno.
“We’re mostly worried about the folks in town and how we can support them,” Wilson said.
Karl Walquist at NV Energy said about 1,000 customers are without power in the Caughlin and Skyline area and there is no estimate on when it might be restored.
“It will take a while,” Walquist said. “We can’t get power restored to some of those customers until we’re able to get access to the area and that’s up to the fire department to tell us when it’s safe to go in there.”
Mark Regan, Sierra Fire Protection District says the fire is still burning actively and there is no estimate for containment. About 9,000 residents are under a voluntary evacuation order from Skyline to the Arrow Creek area. At least 20 structures are have been lost and more are in eminent danger, Regan said.
He is urging people to stay away from the fire area.