An RGJ file photograph of the TMFPD emblem on the aspect of an engine. (Photograph: RGJ file)

A scorching-burning and harmful blaze in Chilly Springs Tuesday evening that claimed multiple outbuildings and threatened three houses is contained, in line with the Truckee Meadows Hearth Safety District. 

The hearth, which sparked at about 5 p.m. on a 1-acre property close to the nook of East Aspen Circle and Chilly Springs Street, unfold to multiple sheds, a travel trailer and into dense nearby thickets of sagebrush earlier than it was extinguished, in accordance with Adam Mayberry, TMFPD public info officer. 

Those sheds and the travel trailer look like a total loss, based on Mayberry, but hearth crews have been capable of save three close by houses — one on the property and two on parcels immediately adjoining. 

The reason for the hearth continues to be underneath investigation.

Mayberry stated firefighters had a really troublesome time accessing the hearth and needed to minimize by means of gates and barbed wire to assault the flames. Additionally they had to usher in water tenders as a result of the closest hydrant was about 1,000 ft away.

“There have been numerous obstacles that we needed to overcome with this specific hearth,” Mayberry stated. “It might have been worse; we might have lost several houses.” 

There have been no reported accidents and the construction seems to be unoccupied, Mayberry added. 

The sheds also seemed to be crammed to the brim with objects and different debris, that, when burned, produced thick poisonous smoke. Firefighters encountered burning tires, ammunition exploding within the flames and stay power strains that fell when a nearby energy pole collapsed. 

Hearth crews used an engine-mounted “deck gun” to struggle the blaze. That deck gun puts out about twice the water quantity of a regular hose, Mayberry stated. 

Regardless of nonetheless-inexperienced vegetation and temperatures which are cresting 90 levels for the first time this yr, Mayberry stated residents need to remain vigilant concerning the region’s hearth danger. 

With temperatures rapidly approaching summertime ranges, he stated residents have to clear brush and create defensible area round their houses. 


Sam Gross is a breaking news reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal who covers wildfires, emergencies and more. Support his work by subscribing to right here. 

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