Officials say 32 homes destroyed in Reno fire

November 19, 2011 - 5:35 PM
Reno Fire

Water from a fire department hose forms a cloud above a home burning on Star Meadows Loop during the Caughlin Fire in southwest Reno, Nev. Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. The blaze raged through more than 400 acres, claimed at least one life, injured several others, destroyed 20 homes and blanketed Reno and its suburban enclaves in a fiery curtain as violent winds sidelined firefighters and rescue helicopters. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, David B. Parker)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The estimated number of homes destroyed in a wind-fueled wildfire has more than doubled to a total of 32, but Gov. Brian Sandoval says it's a miracle scores more weren't lost.

Reno Fire Chief Mike Hernandez said a re-evaluation of the 2,000-acre burn on Saturday found much more destruction and damage than initially reported.

The blaze spread by gale-force winds and ripped through the Sierra foothills early Friday, forcing the evacuation of nearly 10,000 people. Most started returning to their homes Saturday afternoon.

The governor said after a helicopter tour of the area that while the loss of homes was a tragedy, the 400 firefighters on the lines are heroes for saving more than 4,000 houses that could have burned.