A fire, just north of Pyramid Lake has burned 30,000 acres since it was reported Tuesday night. The Tohakum 2 Fire is 40 miles north of Nixon. It’s burning in steep and inaccessible terrain. Fire officials say they expect it to move northeast of Hannigan Ranch and across State Route 337, into the Limbo Range. Structures are threatened and high-voltage electrical lines have been damaged. There is also potential for the fire to spread toward Burning Man. Highway 447 has reopened in both directions between Nixon and Empire due to downed power lines. The road was shut down, preventing many tourists from getting to Burning Man.
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Westbound 80 was closed for at time at Vista Boulevard in Sparks, as crews took on a fire. A car accident started the blaze. Traffic was moving again after a long delay. The investigation into the crash continues by state and local authorities.
Crews quickly extinguished a 1 acre blaze behind the Bonanza Casino in north Reno. A metal shed and part of a fence burned in the fire, which then spread to four properties in the area of Lovitt and Waldron lanes. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but officials say it wasn’t lightning.
A local salon has found a unique way to help Hurricane Harvey victims. Michael Grace Salon in south Reno is offering free haircuts in exchange for baby supplies that will be sent to Texas. Owners say a lot of people are show up with loads of diapers and baby formula.
The new semester got underway at the University of Nevada-Reno on Monday, but hundreds of returning students were dismayed to discover that the apartment complex they were planning to move into is still under construction. Construction crews are working 14 hours a day, 7 days a week on the Identity Reno complex on Virginia Street. Identity Reno offered the homeless students a couple of options. They can get 200 dollars a day to find their own housing till their apartment is ready. Or, they can stay in a hotel room at the Circus Circus in downtown Reno while collecting a $100 gift card per day to cover costs.
The Slinkard Fire has led Douglas County to order evacuations for residents in the Topaz, Holbrook and Spring Valley areas. Douglas County is taking evacuees at the Douglas County Community and Senior Center. The Slinkard Fire sparked Tuesday afternoon. It has burned an estimated 3,000 acres and is zero percent contained.
Sparks Police arrest two men considered armed and dangerous after burglarizing a Burrows Court residence. Hugh Olhin, a Reno resident, and 23-year-old Aaron Spittel were booked into the Washoe County jail on burglary, grand larceny and firearms charges. The victim’s residence had video surveillance that captured the two suspects burglarizing the home.
Crews are taking on a wildfire near Winnemucca Ranch Road, north of Sparks. The 1,500-acre Needle Fire 2 started late Tuesday. No homes are threatened or have been evacuated. A separate blaze, the Mullen Fire, is also burning west of Pyramid Lake. It was first reported late yesterday.
Police say a man shot to death in Reno last week was killed as two people he was trying to rob struggled with him over the gun. 20 year old Anthony Herrerra was killed on Lake Street, as he tried to rob two people in an SUV at gunpoint. The woman driving the SUV grabbed the gun, and her male passenger helped her fight for control of the weapon. The man from the SUV managed to get the gun in his hands, and fired several shots at Herrerra ,killing him.
Police say there have been more murders in Reno this year so far, than the city had in all of 2016. 15 homicides so far , while the city saw a total of just 12 homicides in 2016.