Officials say Rock Farm Fire in South Reno grew to around 120 acres, now under control

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6:50 p.m. UPDATE: Strong winds caused a structure fire to spread into south Reno wildland, burning around 120 acres and threatening more than 100 structures Tuesday afternoon.

Chief Charlie Moore of the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District said the fire was largely under control around 6:30 p.m. and credited use of tankers and air attack in helping to curtail the blaze.

The area remains under evacuation, and people are asked to evacuate to the Galena High parking lot and avoid traveling in the area. It’s estimated that it will be at least 6 hours before people will be allowed back into the area, and the American Red Cross has made overnight resources available at the Washoe Senior Center located 1155 E 9th St.

Firefighters resources were taxed in responding to the fire as they had just got another structure fire in the Sun Valley area under control when the fire off Mt. Rose Highway started, Moore said. It’s believed that two structures burned in the fire, named the Rock Farm Fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and Moore said he was unaware of any casualties or injuries in the fire.

Peppermill said in a press statement it is offering $30 Peppermill Tower rates and $50 Tuscany Tower rates with no resort fee to those displaced by the Rock Farm Fire through Thursday. Those interested are asked to bring proof of ID and mention code HEVAC.

6:23 p.m. UPDATE: Fire officials are scheduled to give an update on the Rock Farm Fire at 6:30 p.m. A Reno Gazette Journal reporter is at the scene. Watch the update live here. 

6 p.m. UPDATE: The American Red Cross is setting up an evacuation center for people in south Reno affected by the Rock Farm Fire. Those who need Red Cross services can come to Washoe County Senior Services at 1155 E. 9th Street in Reno.

The Peppermill is also offering $30 Peppermill Tower rates and $50 Tuscany Tower rates with no resort fee to those displaced by the Rock Farm Fire through Thursday. The resort asks people Please bring proof of ID and mention code HEVAC.

5:50 p.m. UPDATE: Additional evacuations called for:

  • Timberline Drive
  • Stephens Road
  • Eagle Vista Court
  • Saint Michelle Court
  • Flowering Sage Trail
  • Indian Ridge Drive

The National Weather Service is reporting winds as strong as 15 mph. Scattered thunderstorms and showers expected for the area. There is a 30 percent chance of rain, and a flash flood warning has been issued for parts of Washoe, Storey and Lyon counties. 

5:15 p.m. UPDATE: Evacuations were ordered near the following roads:

  • Melarkey Way
  • Carl Drive
  • Rock Farm Road
  • Copper Cloud Drive
  • Broken Feather Court
  • Rainmaker Court

Additional traffic control has been placed at Arrowcreek Parkway and Thomas Creek Road. Only residents are being allowed in the area. 

5 p.m. UPDATE: In videos posted by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, firefighters can be seen responding to brush fires near Carl Drive and Melarky Way. 

ORIGINAL: A fire was reported near Salmon River Court in south Reno, according to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center.

Smoke was seen billowing from the Rockfarm Fire Tuesday afternoon. Resources were responding to the fire.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning in the region, which will remain in effect through 9 p.m. Wednesday. The warning stems from concern over thunderstorms and strong winds in western Nevada and northeastern California. 

Check with RGJ for more information as it becomes available.

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