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Pinehaven Fire fully contained

Published: Nov. 17, 2020 at 1:22 PM PST|Updated: Nov. 20, 2020 at 5:33 PM PST
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - NOV. 20, 5:25 P.M. The Reno Fire Department reported the Pinehaven Fire in southwest Reno is was 100 percent contained as of 5 p.m.

The Reno Fire Department will continue to patrol the fire looking for smoke or hot spots as the area dries out from recent rains.

The Pinehaven Fire burned 512 acres and destroyed five homes, the Reno Fire Department reported Wednesday. Three homes were heavily damaged. Twenty-one homes have minor damage.

All suppression and overhaul of the fire has stopped and out-of-area resources have been released.

The fire started Tuesday about 1 p.m. just south of Pinehaven Road and Sierra Pine Drive. Fire investigators ask if anyone saw any activity in that area between about noon and 1 p.m to call them at 775-334-2300.

“Our team is now in the process of analyzing collected evidence and interviewing witnesses,” said Tray Palmer, fire marshal for the Reno Fire Department. “It may take up to a week before we can release a conclusion, but at this time there is no evidence of malicious intent.”

NOV. 19, 2:37 P.M. A Reno Fire Department investigation determined the Pinehaven Fire started Tuesday around 1 p.m. just south of Pinehaven Road and Sierra Pine Drive, the fire department said Thursday afternoon.

It asks if anyone saw any activity in that area between about noon and 1 p.m to call them at 775-334-2300.

“Our team is now in the process of analyzing collected evidence and interviewing witnesses,” said Tray Palmer, Fire Marshal for the Reno Fire Department. “It may take up to a week before we can release a conclusion, but at this time there is no evidence of malicious intent.”

The conclusion came after a regional fire investigation team looked at the scene.

The Pinehaven Fire remains 90 percent contained. All roads have been reopened and all power has been restored.

NOV. 19, 9:50 A.M. The Pinehaven Fire is now 90 percent contained, officials reported Thursday.

All roads that were closed have been reopened, and evacuation orders have been lifted.

The Reno Fire Department said 11 engines and one hand crew will remain on scene to mop up and patrol the fire.

NOV. 18, 7:50 P.M. The Reno Fire Department reported all power has been restored.

NOV. 18, 5:50 P.M. The Pinehaven Fire burned 512 acres and destroyed five homes, the Reno Fire Department reported Wednesday.

Three homes were heavily damaged. Twenty-one homes have minor damage.

The fire is 75 percent contained.

NV Energy is working to restore all power.

Fire crews will be on scene in southwest Reno for several days.

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 1:45 P.M. Some roads have reopened in the area impacted by the Pinehaven Fire.

They include the following:

Skyline Dr/ Pioneer Dr

Susileen Dr/ Marthiam Ave

EB Cashill Blvd/SB McCarran Blvd

WB McCarran Blvd/ Manzanita

Closures remain in the Pinehaven/Mountainshyre/Buckhaven/Big Bend/Hemlock area.

The Washoe County School District also reported Wednesday that Caughlin Ranch Elementary School, Swope Middle School, and Reno High School will reopen their doors to students and staff members Thursday, November 19 for a regular school day.

The Hybrid schedule will be a B Day.

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 12:45 P.M. In a virtual press conference Wednesday, officials said they hope to have the Pinehaven Fire fully contained by Friday, November 20, 2020.

The fire destroyed five homes and damaged 15 more. Homeowners with damage are encouraged to contact the City of Reno Building Department.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and likely won’t be determined for a few days, officials said.

For homeowners and evacuees who need immediate assistance, you can call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-73327677). The Red Cross has also opened a recovery center at Caughlin Ranch Elementary.

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 11:30 A.M. Reno Police have pushed back the reopening of roads to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Public Works will be inspecting the roads to ensure safety prior to opening.

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve will provide an update on the fire at 12:30 p.m. She will be joined by Reno Fire Chief Dave Cochran and Reno Police Chief Jason Soto.

You can watch it live here.

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 10 A.M. The Pinehaven Fire is 5 percent contained, officials reported Wednesday morning.

Reno Fire Chief Dave Cochran said crews will continue mop up operations throughout the day. He said there are a few hot spots in canyons with heavy fuel. He urged anyone who sees any other major fire activity or additional structure fires to call authorities immediately.

The fire destroyed five structures, and damaged 15 more.

Residents are not allowed in to the burn area, but Chief Cochran said some residents are allowed to walk in to other affected neighborhoods.

Reno Police said road closures will likely remain in effect until noon Wednesday.

Chief Cochran said two firefighters sustained injuries while fighting the fire on Tuesday. They have both been treated and released.

Chief Cochran said the weather has been a great help in the firefight, and that the rain and added moisture have helped tame fire behavior.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

WATCH THE MORNING UPDATE BELOW:

UPDATE TUESDAY 8:20 P.M. Governor Steve Sisolak has declared a state of emergency in response to the Pinehaven Fire. The Governor’s declaration follows similar declarations from the City of Reno and Washoe County.

The declaration ensures resources from the local, state and federal level are available to assist as needed during this emergency.

“I want to thank all the first responders, local government agencies and nonprofit entities who have already stepped up to assist the community during this emergency event,” said Gov. Sisolak. “This truly reflects Nevada’s Battle Born spirit and our commitment to caring for one another in times of need.”

A public information page with the latest Pinehaven Fire updates has been set up here.

Evacuations are still in place until the Reno Fire Department can advise further.

UPDATE TUESDAY 7:25 P.M. The Washoe County School District announced Tuesday evening that classes at Caughlin Ranch Elementary School, Swope Middle School, and Reno High School will be cancelled for Wednesday, November 18 due to the Pinehaven Fire.

The school buildings will be closed, and no classes will be held either online or in person.

UPDATE TUESDAY 7:15 P.M. Forward progress has been stopped on the #PinehavenFire, according to Reno Fire Department Chief David Cochran. He anticipates that to be the case as long as the weather doesn’t ramp up.

The fire has burned a perimeter of 1,200 acres.

“A wind driven fire like that is almost impossible to stop,” said Cochran.

Cochran said at least a dozen homes and outbuildings have been damaged or destroyed. He could not confirm what the cause of the fire was.

The following road closures will be in effect throughout the night:

Southbound McCarran at Cashill

Eastbound Cashill at McCarran

Southbound Marthiam at Susileen

Southbound Skyline at Pioneer

Westbound McCarran at Manzanita

Southbound Belsera Ct at McCarran

Westbound Ridge view at Plumas

Ridgeview at Evans Creek

Pinehaven at Village Green

Lockerum at Village Green

Dunkeld at Village Green

UPDATE TUESDAY 6:40 P.M. The City of Reno is providing resources for evacuees forced to leave their homes due to the Pinehaven Fire, including information on hotels offering discounted rates, and where COVID-19 positive residents can go.

Reno Direct after hours call service has been activated. Residents can call 775-334-INFO for assistance with the Pinehaven Fire.

For more information, click here.

Twenty strike teams, including fire response from California, have been deployed to assist the Reno Fire Department.

UPDATE TUESDAY 6:05 P.M. Chief David Cochran with the Reno Fire Department updated the evacuation perimeter and said it is from Cashill and Caughlin Parkway on the west to Lakeside Drive on the east and Ridgeview Drive on the south.

The City of Reno provided this map of the recommended area for evacuation:

Chief Jason Soto said, “There will be heavy police presence within the affected neighborhoods to monitor safety and security of homes while residents are displaced.”

UPDATE TUESDAY 4:40 P.M. The Reno Fire Department said there is no estimate as to when residents will be allowed back to the area.

In a media briefing, Reno Fire Chief Dave Cochran said the fire has grown to between 1,000 to 1,500 acres. He believes it originated in the area of Pinehaven Court.

There was no confirmation as to how the fire started.

UPDATE TUESDAY 4:26 P.M. Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve has signed an Emergency Declaration for the fire now dubbed the Pinehaven Fire. On Twitter, she urged people to stay out of the area and to not spectate so fire crews can access the flames.

UPDATE TUESDAY 4:20 P.M. The Washoe County School District says students at Caughlin Ranch Elementary have been taken to the Reno High School gym due to the fire.

Connect Ed messaging is being sent to parents via email and phone calls, but due to the high winds some parents may not receive the call.

Students should arrive no later than 4:30pm. Please wear a face covering and bring your ID to pick up your children in the RHS gym, the district said.

UPDATE TUESDAY 3:40 P.M. NV Energy is de-energizing power in the Caughlin Ranch area for safety reasons due to the Pineview Fire.

NV Energy said they were asked to de-energize by the Reno Fire Department.

Currently, 7,100 customers are without power.

Governor Steve Sisolak posted on Twitter: My office is actively monitoring the Caughlin Ranch fire. Please continue to follow the advice and recommendations of local officials on the ground.

UPDATE TUESDAY 3 P.M. An evacuation shelter has been set up at the Washoe County Senior Center on 1155 E 9th Street.

The Reno Police Department said the fire has crossed McCarran Boulevard and is affecting neighborhoods on Cashill Boulevard and Skyline.

Additional evacuations have been called for Ridgeview (BellaSierra Court and Vista View) east of this location, southeast of Manzanita and around Lake Stanley.

At least one home has burned, and the fire has grown to at least 250 acres.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Reno Police Department is helping evacuate residents as a fire burns near Caughlin Ranch.

The Pineview Fire was reported just after 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2020 in the area of Pinehaven Road and Sierra Pine Drive.

The Reno Fire Departments said structures are threatened and warned residents to prepare for evacuations.

According to NDOT, both directions of McCarran Boulevard are shut down near Caughlin Parkway because of the fire.

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