Perry Fire Evacuations Lifted, DA Files Charges for Arson

Perry fire image by Ty O'Neil.
Perry fire image by Ty O’Neil.

Evacuation orders have been lifted for the Perry Fire burning north of Reno.

“Residents may return home — however, power has not been restored to all locations,” said Adam Mayberry of the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District. “Fire managers are working closely with utility companies to restore services. Maintain caution as equipment will still be in the area and rehabilitation work is ongoing.”

DA: Formal criminal charges in Sparks Justice Court against alleged Perry Fire starter, Charles David Radonski.
DA: Formal criminal charges in Sparks Justice Court against alleged Perry Fire starter, Charles David Radonski.

Fire danger is still high, and residents are encouraged to stay away from burn areas.

“Today and the next several days are Red Flag Warning days issued by the National Weather Service. Conditions are ideal for wildland fire combustion and rapid spread,” Mayberry said. “Winds will continue to be problematic the next two days. Saturday (tomorrow) looks to be an extremely critical day with forecasted wind gusts up 35 miles per hour.”

Also announced today: Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks said that formal arson charges have been filed against alleged fire starter Charles Radonski.

Radonski face up to 15 years in prison for two counts of first-degree arson and two counts of third-degree arson for allegedly starting the fire with fireworks.

Hicks said the investigation against Radonski is ongoing.

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