Reno firefighters seeing rise in fires at homeless camps

Fires at homeless camps in Reno are on the rise. Reno firefighters tell KOLO-TV that in the first two weeks of this year, they’ve had to battle 30 fires at homeless encampments – that’s compared to 11 calls for this same timeframe last year. Most of them are along the Truckee River, which can be difficult to access, delaying response times. Firefighters say the fires are often caused by propane tankers, butane burners, and wood fires the homeless are using to keep warn. The fires are particularly concerning because they can easily spread to brush and nearby businesses.