4,000 evacuated as brush fire burns toward Reno | world | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Jul 24, 2017-Monday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

4,000 evacuated as brush fire burns toward Reno

Reno, Nevada Fire Chief Michael Hernandez says more than 4,000 people have been evacuated and hundreds of firefighters remain "in the thick of battle" as a wind-driven wildfire burns across thousands of acres toward the city's southern border.

world Updated: Jan 22, 2012 07:54 IST

Reno, Nevada Fire Chief Michael Hernandez says more than 4,000 people have been evacuated and hundreds of firefighters remain "in the thick of battle" as a wind-driven wildfire burns across thousands of acres toward the city's southern border.


Hernandez says more than 230 firefighters are battling the blaze that had grown to nearly 5 square miles by 5 pm on Thursday.

Hernandez confirmed homes had been destroyed. He said he didn't know how many but told reporters "the news is not good."

A Reno television station reported at least 10 homes had burned since the fire broke out about 12:45 pm along US.
Highway 395 about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Reno.

Hernandez estimated firefighters had saved about 1,000 structures. He says another 80 to 120 firefighters are expected to arrive on scene before midnight.