December 18, 2014
Fire officials say strong gusty winds wreaking havoc with power lines caused all three wildfires that burned a total of more than 300 acres in and around Reno on Saturday.
Acting Reno Fire Marshall Bill Burney says the winds were sustained at 10 to 15 miles per hour, gusting at times to 35 miles per hour.
The biggest of the fires was on the southwest side of town. It briefly threatened homes in the Caughlin Ranch residential area, but no homes were lost or structures damaged thanks in part to some help in the form of rain and snowfall.
That fire burned about 300 acres before it was fully contained about five pm Saturday, more than 12 hours after it had started near Ridgeview Drive.
The windy conditions and power lines also were blamed for a fire that broke out about 4:30 a-m just north of Reno near Golden Valley Road and Yorkshire, and for one that started about 3 a-m off the Mount Rose Highway near Galena High School and Bordeaux Drive.
Those two fires each burned about 15 acres.