Washoe Fire Press Conference at Depoali Middle School

Photo courtesy of Curtis Coulter

RENO, Nev.- Local emergency agencies will hold a press conference at 9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Depoali Middle School at 9300 Wilbur May Parkway in Reno to update the community on the status of the Washoe Drive Fire, currently burning in the north Washoe Valley / Galena area. The fire has caused the evacuation of more than 10,000 citizens and has burned over 3,000 acres.

Fire officials moved the command center from Galena High School to Depoali Middle School as the fire came dangerously close to the high school.

At approximately 1pm on Thursday, January 19, a swift moving brush fire, fueled by heavy fuels and high winds, began burning in North Washoe Valley, prompting evacuations in the following areas:
Andrew Lane
Callahan Ranch Road
Eastlake Road (north end)
Galena Country Estates
Mount Rose area from Killington to Thomas Creek
Old Washoe City
Pleasant Valley
Rolling Hills
St. James Village
Citizens in need of resources or wishing to donate may contact the Red Cross at 775.856.1000. Citizens can call 211 or 775.337.5800 for evacuation information.

For official information regarding the fire, citizens are encouraged to visit www.washoecounty.us and follow @washoesheriff and @washoecounty, on Twitter for the latest official information.