LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A Reno Fire Map 2011 of the Caughlin Fire shows the massive path of destruction today. Officials indicate to news that the Caughlin Fire has already destroyed twenty homes today November 18, 2011. The Caughlin wildfire had prompted voluntary evacuations for nine thousand residents, officials indicate to news.
At least four hundred fifty acres were burned early Friday. Zero containment was confirmed as wind gusts increased. Firefighters tell news that terrain and gusts upwards of sixty mph are causing a difficult battle. Air tankers have been deployed.
The cause of the fire has yet to be confirmed to news. It broke out shortly after 12:30 am local time today in the Caughlin Ranch area. By midday, as many as eight additional homes were directly threatened.
One person has died as well from cardiac arrest. A dedicate phone number has been created as well at 775-337-5800. FEFA has declared the fire a major disaster. In a news statement, Senator Dean Heller said “Iâ€™m grateful that FEMA was able to react so quickly to the Governorâ€™s request. FEMAâ€™s assistance is a welcome contribution to the on-going efforts for containing this tragic fire. I and my staff will continue to monitor the situation and assist in any we can to help direct federal resources to the region”.
Upwards of ninety schools were closed today; Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has declared a state of emergency.
The evacuation area is now from McCarran north to Caughlin Parkway, and south to Caughlin Ranch Elementary School and Alum Creek area. On the south the boundary is Zolezzi Lane to Arrowcreek Parkway.
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