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The Poeville Fire grew into an inferno on Saturday as it raged along the east side of Peavine Peak, burning a home and structures.
It grew to 3,500 acres, threatening dozens of structures in the Seneca Drive neighborhood. Around 400 people were evacuated from the area as the blaze continued into Saturday evening.
Officials are investigating a vehicle fire from Friday night, which may have sparked Saturday’s blaze.
This is a breaking news story and is being updated.
UPDATE: 10:03 a.m.
Adam Mayberry, fire communications manager for the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, said the Poeville fire has been “very erratic” but said the situation could have been far worse Saturday night.
“We had crews working throughout the night — in fact, well into the early morning hours” before containing all flanks of the fire, Mayberry told the RGJ on Sunday morning.
“(We’re) certainly concerned about today’s winds,” Mayberry said. “Winds are forecast to be up as high as 60 mph, so that’s a significant concern for us. We’ll continue to attack the fire from the air while the aircraft are in a position to fly given the current wind conditions.”
High winds are expected to remain consistent throughout the day on Sunday until at least 11 p.m.
“The behavior of the fire yesterday was very erratic,” Mayberry said. “It was fire behavior we normally see in August as we move through the fire season. But just given the high wind conditions, extreme dry vegetation, (it was) a very, very dangerous fire yesterday.
“It could have been a lot worse. Firefighters worked very, very hard, and saved a number of structures. It could have been substantially worse than it was.”
Get the latest update from TMFPD’s Adam Mayberry on the Poeville Fire. Reno Gazette Journal
UPDATE: 8:00 a.m.
The Poeville Fire has grown to 3,500 acres and is now 10% contained, the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District has reported. Eight structures, a combination of residences and outbuildings, have been destroyed.
Evacuation orders remain in effect for residences in Horizon Hills and Raleigh Heights; Heindel Road, Meyers Avenue and Lunsford Drive; Beacon Drive; Crest Hill Drive; Ruby Mountain Road; the mobile home park west of Golden Valley; and all businesses northwest of Lemmon Drive and southwest of U.S. 395.
UPDATE: Sunday, 7:58 a.m.
Southern Washoe County remains under a red flag warning until 11 p.m. Sunday due to gusty winds and dry conditions. Residents are urged to avoid using barbecues, fire pits and power tools outdoors and to avoid smoking outdoors, and make preparations for a quick evacuation if necessary.
The American Red Cross of Northern Nevada is offering assistance and services for evacuees, including lodging assistance. Evacuees can check in with Red Cross representatives at the Washoe County Senior Services building at 1155 E. 9th St. in Reno.
For those who want to assist, the Red Cross is asking for financial contributions at 1-800-REDCROSS or redcross.org. Donations can be directed toward the communty by selecting “Your Local Red Cross” on the donation page. The Red Cross will be unable to accept in-kind donations such as food, clothing and other supplies due to COVID-19 restrictions.
A structure burns as the Poeville Fire grows on June 27, 2020. Reno Gazette Journal
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