Reno Fire Department Braces For Windy Night

RENO, NV - Windy days like Wednesday bring back bad memories for Caughlin Ranch resident Christina Green. The gusts remind her young son of the 2,000 acre fire that ripped through the area two weeks ago.

"Everytime it's high winds like this, he associates and connects that with 'mommy is there going to be a fire again' and it's hard to explain," says Christina Green.

The concerns are valid given the conditions according to Reno Fire Department Chief Michael Hernandez.

"Because we could potentially have some areas that could still be smoldering, we don't want to take any chances so we've elected to bring in some crews and staff up the station a little heavier than we normally would," says Michael Hernandez.

Fire Station #7 near Caughlin Ranch had some of the extra staff. It was originally supposed to be closed due to rotating station brownouts. Residents hope this won't prove to be a future issue.

"Looking at fire services and unfortunately having to pull consolidation apart, there is a need to have fire services match closer to where residents live," says Rob Reeder.

"I think it's sad, because it's taking budget cuts away from what's important. just like the fire fighters and the schools, and these are things that make the community a better place," says Christina Green.

Chief Hernandez wants to assure residents like Christina Green that they are taking every precaution to ensure public safety when conditions call for it.

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