By Bob Conrad and Ty O’Neil
The Perry Fire north of Reno continues to expand as firefighters move to protect homes in the rural area. The fire has grown to 44,000 acres.
“Firefighters conducted burnout operations to reduce vegetation ahead of the main fire and connect existing fire lines,” officials reported. “Today’s temperatures are expected to near 100 degrees and humidity will fall to single digits. Winds are expected to increase throughout the day. This may clear some of the smoke in the area but will also result in an increase in fire behavior.”
One home burned and evacuations have been lifted for areas west of Pasture View Road. Areas east of Grass Valley Road still have evacuation notices, per fire officials. Ollinghouse Canyon is still evacuated.
Washoe County Animal Services is housing hundreds of evacuated animals.
“As of (yesterday), we are sheltering 326 animals at the Ironwood Evacuation Center, and have had staff assisting residents 24/7,” said Shyanne Schull, animal services director.
More than 100 residents have evacuated while more than 400 chose to remain in their homes.
Air quality in the Reno-Sparks area remains unhealthy due to numerous fires around the West.
View Palomino Valley resident Mark Robison’s firsthand report below.