Update: Caughlin Fire Burning 2000 Acres

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****UPDATE *********
An emergency system related to the Caughlin Fire (211) has been flooded by calls. The new number is 775-337-5800.

RENO, NV - Thousands are without power Friday morning and at least 25 homes damaged as crews battle a wildfire burning 2000 acres in the Caughlin Ranch area.

Faye Anderson of NV Energy says 4,100 customers near the fire area currently without power and 140 customers without gas. It's turned off because of firefighting efforts. They will be coming back to help relight pilot lights when the fire is out.

Evacuations are underway near Windy Hill area and W. Patriot off of Dixon across from In and Out Burger. Witnesses say firefighters are posting red and orange flags on mailboxes to mark the endangered areas.

A spokesperson for St. Mary's says they may be receiving assisted living residents should the three facilities in the area be forced to evacuate.

St Mary's says the fire is not their concern right now but rather smoke and how it will affect the elderly residents. Also, the power outages moving across the area will affect patients on ventilators and with more than 300 elderly total, increase in staffing is needed as a precaution.

State of emergency declared by City of Reno, Washoe County, and State of Nevada. All Washoe County Schools in the Truckee Meadows area are closed. Current evacuation center is Galena High School and all Washoe County schools in the Truckee Meadows are closed.

The current evacuation area encompasses everything southwest of McCarran and S. Virginia Street, and the entire area between Skyline Blvd., S. McCarran and Plumas.

Donations of no-perishable goods, clothing, blankets, etc. can be dropped off at the Salvation Army warehouse at 2300 Valley Road in Reno.

According to Sierra Front the fire started at 4984 Sierra Pine Drive in west Reno and as many as 1,000 people are without power. The fire has caused McCarran Boulevard to be closed at Caughlin Parkway and Skyline Blvd.

RTC transit services are not affected by fires.

Firefighters say the fire is "hop-scotching" to homes and high winds are making it extremely difficult to contain the rapidly growing blaze. The fire broke off into two directions and crews are battling it from several fronts.

Evacuations are underway in the Ridgeview and Lakeshore Drive areas that includes Skyline apartments. Witnesses report seeing a home fully engulfed on Lakeridge Shore Drive and another on Manazanita Drive near McCarran Blvd. Several homes are threatened at this time.

A spokesperson with the City of Reno says if you are being advised to evacuate from your home, go to Galena High School off the Mount Rose Highway. The evac center at Reno High School is full. Pets are welcome at evac centers. Most Washoe County schools are closed for Friday because of the fire.

Manor Care on Plumas tells us that respiratory patients are being evacuated and taken to Manor Care of Wingfield Springs.

For parents who would normally take their kids to school today, and need a place for them to go, the Vacation Station is opening both of their Reno locations.
The Evelyn Mount Community Center and the Neil Road Recreation Center are open both from 7am-6pm Friday.

The Boys and Girls Club has four locations open Friday: 9th Street, Neil Road, Cold Springs and Lemmon Valley.

For animal evacuations:
Small animals can be taken for free to:
Advance Pet Care, 2001 Prater Way.
321-5300... Bob.
In the Spanish Springs area, Marie can take any livestock: 240-9002.
Evacuated cattle or horses can be taken to Tuff Luck Ranch at 175 River Road in Dayton. Beth Gee at 691-6096.
Feline Rescue of Northern Nevada offering free services for holding cats... 544-4475.
Franktown Meadows in Washoe Valley accepting any animals for free... 849-1600... Across from Bowers mansion.
You can also take animals to 1215 Mineral Flat in Antelope Valley... 775-970-5425. You must dial 775 for that number.
The Reno Livestock Events Center on Wells Avenue is open and now available for people to bring their livestock.
K.A. Animal Rescue is taking animals, ask for Deborah

Reno police are asking everyone to please NOT call 911 with concerns about the fire. They have been flooded with calls.

The Save Mart supermarket is open for the day with free coffee and doughnuts for people in the area.

Please stay out of the area where the fire is burning, as crews are working to fight those flames.

No word yet on the cause of the fire or estimated time of containment.

Stay with KOLO 8 News as details become available.

Courtesy of Blake Houston
Courtesy of Blake Houston
Courtesy of Kana Grant

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