Snow Covers Blaze in Washoe Valley

Snow became an ally to firefighters yesterday when a wildfire broke out at the south end of Washoe Valley.

The flames blackened about 100 acres and moved within 100 feet of some ranch homes.

A spring storm produced winds to 50 miles an hour, which hampered the battle against the blaze. But it also produced snow, which blanketed the area by nightfall. Crews continue to monitor the area just north of Carson City.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. There was no lightning yesterday afternoon, making a human connection likely.

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