Oklahoma fire grows, local crews still assisting

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District provided this photograph of a brush truck being readied to help at a fire in Oklahoma.
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SUN VALLEY, Nev. (KOLO)-- Update:

The Rhea Fire burning in Oklahoma has grown to 283,095 acres, a 34,515-acre increase from Tuesday's reported acreage. Containment remains at 3 percent.

Crews reported that within three hours Tuesday afternoon, the fire advanced five to eight miles.

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District crews are helping with the fire.

Firefighters are working around the fire’s perimeter, protecting structures and working directly on the fireline. A night shift will be activated again Wednesday night.

There are 133 personnel with the Southern States Type 1 Incident Management Team working alongside numerous state and local resources.

To follow progress on the fire, click here.


Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District crews mobilized Saturday and headed to the 200,000-acre Rhea Fire in Oklahoma that so far has killed one person and forced the evacuation of at least four towns.

The crews mobilized at Station 15 in Sun Valley. TMFPD sent a brush engine. They will report to Leedey, Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Forestry Services report the fire is 3 percent contained.
Also, one TMFPD firefighter/paramedic on Friday went to a fire in Diener, New Mexico, as a medical unit leader.

Open burning has been prohibited this weekend in Washoe County.

"A wind event is forecast in the Truckee Meadows this weekend but temperatures will be low and some moisture is expected," TMFPD Fire Chief Charles Moore said in a statement. "Truckee Meadows Fire has prohibited pile burning in the District for the weekend as a safety precaution."