A brush fire sparked in a police training exercise quickly exploded into a 50-acre blaze north of Reno yesterday, destroying several vehicles and sheds before it was contained.
The fire, started after a vehicle being used to train police
officers in high-speed maneuvering struck a wall at the Regional
Public Safety Training Center.
The accident ignited nearby brush and winds quickly pushed
flames north from the training center toward Red Mountain and the
Panther Valley area.
Single-engine air tankers swooped over the fire, laying down
clouds of chemical fire retardant. Engines were deployed in south
Panther Valley to protect homes there.
No homes were damaged seriously but the fire burned into the
yards of homes along Sagehen Lane, destroying or damaging an
undetermined number of vehicles, trailers and sheds.
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for
critical fire weather today because of very dry air combined with