Brush Fire Burning Out of Control on Peavine

By: Staff report
By: Staff report

A fast-moving brushfire, whipped by afternoon and evening winds while being fed by tinder-dry vegetation, threatened homes in the northwest portion of Reno at the base of Peavine Mountain.

The Robb Fire, named for the area in which is began, started late this afternoon in the area of Avenida de Landa and Foxtrail Drive near Robb Drive.

As of 11 p.m., it is estimated that the fire has consumed over 1,800 acres. Several homes in the area are threatened, however none were damaged nor destroyed by the fire. There were only voluntary evacuations earlier.

Currently, the fire is aboout two miles from any homes or other structures. Firefighters hope to have the blaze contained by Thursday.

The fire is currently spreading towards the east and could possibly threaten structures in the University Foothill and Horizon Hills areas off of No. Virginia Street.

Authorities ask persons who do not live in the area to stay away to allow access for emergency crews.

The caue of the fire is under investigation, however fire authorities feel the fire may be man-caused since there was no weather-related cause known.

Anyone accessing the tinder-dry hills are reminded to keep on established roads and trails and that all vehicles must be outfitted with a spark arrestor. This includes off-road motorcycles.

KOLO News Channel 8 has a crew on the scene and will bring you all the information available.


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