Fire officials say the blaze started at a Wadsworth home Thursday afternoon, and quickly spread because of 60-mile-per-hour wind gusts.
The cause is still under investigation, but officials say ashes from a fireplace that were discarded outdoors are most likely to blame.
Neighbors on the typically quiet Cantlon Street were shocked to see the brush fire break out near their homes, especially at this time of year.
The blaze destroyed the home where it started, two out buildings and charred 20 acres before firefighters were able to fully control it at around nine.
Multiple agencies responded for a total of 31 engines, 10 water tenders and about 120 firegighters. Still, some residents say they were frustrated by how long it took for fire crews to arrive and get control.
Storey County fire officials say they had to deal with extremely challenging circumstances. They say it was difficult to access the fire, which was off of a one-lane road. They were also battling wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour.