Officials: Reno fire fully contained

November 21, 2011 - 5:50 AM
Reno Fire

Emergency personnel respond to a wildfire in Reno, Nev. Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. Nevada firefighters are battling a wind-whipped wildfire that has already burned several homes and caused several injuries. Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez sayfire crews are having a tough time

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The fire in southwest Reno that forced thousands to flee and destroyed 32 homes is fully contained.

Sierra Fire Protection District Mike Brown said late Sunday that the blaze was 100 percent contained at 1,935 acres.

Nearly 10,000 people were forced to evacuate early Friday by the unusual, out-of-season blaze that spread by gale force winds and ripped through the Sierra foothills.

Although no official cause has been determined, officials suspect arcing power lines.

Brown says crews worked Sunday on lingering hot spots and repaired areas where vegetation was burned and hillsides damaged by bulldozers in an effort to prevent mudslides.

Officials are cautioning people to be wary of scam artists posing as contractors offering inexpensive repairs.