Fire affects 3,000 acres in North Washoe Valley
At least 10,000 people have been evacuated, officials say
There has been no containment of the fire, official says
A fast-moving brush fire burning just south of Reno, Nevada, on Thursday prompted evacuations, closed a major highway and led the governor of Nevada to declare a state of emergency.
The more than 3,000-acre fire began burning around 1 p.m. Thursday in North Washoe Valley, according to a press release from county officials. At least 10,000 people have been evacuated. There was no containment on the blaze, said Nancy Leuenhagen, Washoe County press Iinformation officer.
Video from CNN Reno affiliate KOLO showed dark smoke plumes, fueled by heavy wind and dry vegetation, pushing toward U.S. Highway 395. A 12-mile stretch of the highway remained closed late Thursday, according to Dan Lopez of the Nevada Highway Patrol.
Several flights at the Reno airport have been canceled or diverted, CNN affiliate KTVN reported.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been and are being affected by this fire,” Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement. “Declaring a state of emergency ensures that every resource from the local, state and federal level is available to assist.”
The Nevada Division of Forestry and the Department of Public Safety were aiding local firefighters and emergency personnel, Sandoval said. The National Guard was on standby and the state of California was also providing assistance, according to the governor’s website.
About 12 families displaced by the fire were receiving assistance at an evacuation shelter at a local high school, said Karli Epstien, Red Cross press information officer.
CNN’s Nigel Walwyn and Leslie Tripp contributed to this report.