Cause of Reno wildfire that destroys home under investigation

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RENO (AP) - The cause of a wildfire that destroyed a home and
damaged six others in Reno yesterday is under investigation.
Fire officials say the blaze that also forced about 40 families
to evacuate homes and a partial closure of Interstate 80 is
believed to be human-caused.
The brush fire scorched between 30 and 50 acres after being
fanned by wind gusts of up to 20 miles per hour and another day of
unseasonably warm weather.
Reno fire Battalion Chief Curtis Johnson says the home destroyed
had a "large amount" of juniper trees around it that went up in
flames and spread to the structure.
A nearby home was severely damaged when flames tore through the
attic, and five others had minor damage.
Johnson says the fire also burned up to a shopping center
featuring a Starbucks and tanning salon, and prompted the
evacuation of some businesses.
The blaze broke out in a ravine and was pushed upslope to homes
by winds.

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