25-Acre Brush Fire South of Reno Fully Contained

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Dozens of firefighters quickly contained a brush fire that started accidentally this afternoon near a horse stable along U.S. Highway 395 in Pleasant Valley south of Reno.

The fire broke out about 12:45 p.m. Fire spokesman Steve Frady says it burned an estimated 25 acres of moderate to heavy brush on a rocky slope before fire crews had it fully contained by 2 p.m.

A large plume of smoke was visible from downtown Reno about 15 miles to the north.

Investigators determined the cause of the fire was accidental. Frady says it started "in an area where an employee of Maplewood Stables was cutting a tree with a chain saw," apparently somehow sparking the dry brush.

Frady says there were some homes and other structures in the area, including a horse stable, but none was threatened.

An air tanker had been ordered to help battle the blaze, but was canceled.

Frady says fire crews were continuing to work the perimeter of the fire and likely would do so into the night.

The fire was a half-mile east of a site where crews are constructing a bridge for a highway bypass project. U.S. Highway 395 remained open in both directions.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-10-28-08 1951EDT


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