RENO FIRE DEPT. NEWS RELEASE
At 12:11 p.m. yesterday, Reno firefighters responded to Wadsworth on a report of a brush fire.
Fire crews responded to a two acre brush fire that started by arching power lines from the high winds. The fire spread, burning a 100 square foot outbuilding, a one room in-law quarters, and several cottonwood trees. The trees had to be cut down and overhauled.
“The primary residence, a barn, and several other small outbuildings were protected,” advised Reno Battalion Chief Sandy Munns. “One firefighter was injured with minor second degree burns to the neck.”
While crews were containing the two acre bush fire, another small brush fire started nearby. The fire was approximately 40 by 40 feet in size and was started by more arching power lines.
After both fires were contained and all of the fire resources began returning to their jurisdictions, two more small brush fires started. Volunteers from Nixon and Wadsworth Volunteer Fire Department were still in the area from the previous fires and were able to contain the two fires without needing additional resources.
Responding to the first two fires from the Reno Fire Department were one structure engine, two brush engines, one safety officer, and one battalion chief. Nixon and Wadsworth Volunteer Fire Departments responded with two structure engines. In addition, North Lyon County, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Sparks Fire Department responded with additional resources. REMSA and Bureau of Indian Affairs also responded to the incident to provide support services. NV Energy responded for the power lines.