Snow helps firefighters contain Reno fire

Caughlin fire at Reno
Caughlin fire at Reno
Caughlin fire at Reno 11-18-2011. Photo by Blake Houston

Snow and decreasing winds helped firefighters stop the spread of the Caughlin fire that burned 1,847 acres and caused the evacuation of 10,000 residents on the southwest side of Reno, Nevada on Friday. A report on InciWeb on Saturday said the fire destroyed 15 structures and damaged 40 others. The AP reports “the estimated number of homes destroyed in a wind-fueled wildfire more than doubled on Saturday to a total of 32”.

Fire Chief Mike Hernandez said on Friday a firefighter suffered first and second-degree burns while working on the fire.

The map below shows the approximate location of the Caughlin fire, using data from the MODIS satellite system.

Map Caughlin fire Reno
Map of Caughlin fire at Reno, showing the approximate location. MODIS/Google Earth

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.