Wildfires Flare in the Reno Area

August 4, 2010

Since it stopped raining and snowing in June, the landscape around Reno has rapidly dried out. It’s nice to be outside with the warm and sunny weather, but it’s already giving wildland firefighters headaches. As I write, several fires are burning in northern Nevada and California with fire crews working hard to get them under control. Lightning from some big thunderstorms in late July lit off these blazes. The Rock Creek Fire near Gerlach had burned over 6,000 acres and the Constantia Complex of three blazes south of Doyle, CA, had destroyed one home and consumed close to 2,000 acres.

Fighting wildfire near Reno, Nevada, NV
Fighting wildfire near Reno, Nevada.
Photo © Stan White

Our climate and geographic location make wildfire a natural and inevitable phenomenon. If you live in town, be complacent about wildfires at your own peril. A couple of fires within the city limits have already threatened homes this year – it happens every year. All residents should learn what they need to do to be fire safe, and then do it.


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