RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District says a preliminary investigation indicates construction work led to the Woodchuck Fire, which burned 62 acres and is 100% contained, as of Wednesday afternoon. Arson has been ruled out and the fire has been ruled accidental.
The specific cause has not been pinpointed, but the fire started at a home construction site on Woodchuck Circle in west Reno September 18, 2017.
An evacuation advisory has been lifted and all roads that were closed during the firefight have been reopened.
The fire destroyed two tow-behind construction trailers on wheels, then burned downhill. No other structures burned, though about 100 structures were threatened and several back yards burned. A construction crew was briefly trapped by the flames.
Sierra Front reports a brush fire south of Boomtown has been contained.
The Cone Fire was reported about 11AM September 18, 2017. It was estimated to be about 3.2 acres. Air support and hand crews fought the fire.
Truckee Meadows Fire says a US Forest Service investigation indicates an improperly extinguished campfire started it.
There are no structures in the area; the fire burned just south of Fuller Lake, east of where I-80 crosses into California.
The fire was being fought by Truckee Meadows, the US Forest Service and the Nevada Division of Forestry.
Truckee Meadows Fire also extinguished a small brush fire at the north end of Sun Valley's Highland Ranch Monday. It got to about 1.5 acres with no structures threatened. No word on a cause.