October 21, 2014
Crews have contained a small brush fire at Crissie Caughlin Park along the Truckee River, despite afternoon winds. The fire sparked around 5:45 PM. According to Reno Fire Battalion Chief Steve Leighton, two homeless people were cooking over a small fire when it got out of control.
Winds help the fire spread quickly to 1/4 of an acre along the river, but did not threaten any structures in the area. Brush trucks were able to utilized a bike path to reach the burn area. Special care was taken to protect the river from damage. Fortunately, Leighton says, the winds died down as the sun set allowing crews to get the upper hand. Once the flames were contained crews created a foam line around south side of the burn area, but not along the river.
At this time Leighton says it appears the fire was accidental and no charges have been filed. There were no injuries in connection with the fire.