- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Latest on a brush fire burning on the edge of Reno: (all times local, PDT)

5:30 p.m.

Reno fire officials say the worst danger has passed at a wind-whipped brush fire that burned more than 200 acres and threatened dozens of homes in the Sierra foothills on the southwest edge of town.

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Chief Charles Moore says all voluntary evacuation notices had been lifted by 5 p.m. Wednesday - about four hours after the flames were reported in the Coughlin Ranch residential area.

Winds gusting in excess of 60 mph kept all firefighting aircraft on the ground, but Moore says about 100 crew members started to gain the upper hand as the afternoon wore on.

Crews will remain on scene overnight. But Moore told reporters they’ve contained the eastern leading edge of the flames closet to the homes and they’re dealing primarily with fuels around the fire perimeter.

Moore says they’ll begin investigating the cause of the blaze on Thursday.

At one time as many as 50 homes were threatened and about 4,000 were without power. All but about 100 had their lights back on by 5:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

A fast-moving brush fire on the southwest edge of Reno has grown to about 100 acres in gusty winds, and dozens of area residents are being told to be ready to evacuate if necessary.

Fire Chief Charles Moore says about 100 firefighters are battling the blaze that broke out about 1 p.m. Wednesday in the foothills along the Sierra’s eastern front above the Coughlin Ranch area.

Moore says the fire doubled in size between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the winds gusting up to 50 mph and preventing the use of aircraft to douse the flames. He said about 50 homes originally were threatened, and now estimates about 25 could still be in danger.

Part of the Caughlin Ranch Parkway has been closed, and NV Energy reports more than 4,000 homes and businesses in west Reno are without power.

No evacuations have been ordered but a temporary shelter has been set up at Reno High School.

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3:30 p.m.

Dozens of residents on the southwest edge of Reno have been told to be ready to evacuate as fire crews converge on a brush fire burning in strong, gusty winds in the foothills along the Sierra’s eastern front.

Fire Chief Charles Moore says about 100 firefighters are battling the blaze that broke out about 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Coughlin Ranch area. He told reporters Wednesday afternoon it has burned about 50 acres and as many as 50 homes could be threatened.

Some local roads have been closed, and area residents have been warned to prepare for voluntary evacuations.

Moore says the high winds are preventing the use of aerial attacks.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning earlier Wednesday with afternoon winds forecast to gust up to 50 mph.


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