Firefighting, Wildland Firefighting

Reno (NV) Wildland Fire Burns Homes, Injures People

A wind-whipped wildfire, the so-called Caughlin Fire, has damaged a number of structures and caused injuries in Reno, Nevada. According to several reports seen on Twitter early Friday morning, the wildland fire is burning out of control and has most schools in the area closed. There were unconfirmed reports of one fatality.

Nearly 10,000 people from the edge of the city have been displaced from the path of the massive wildfire, according to a report on CBS News (http://bit.ly/rIn7uE). The fire is expected to burn until Saturday.

A report in the Reno Gazette-Journal (http://on.rgj.com/rzB9eM) stated that approximately 125 firefighters are fighting the 400-acre fire. One person suffered cardiac arrest and several others suffered smoke inhalation.

Reports estimate that about 20 homes have burned so far. An Associated Press report on thenewstribune.com (http://bit.ly/tzmX2u) indicates that local high schools are being used as shelters for residents who have left their homes.