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Reno saw one of its first major wildfire events of the dry season this past weekend with the Poeville Fire. And with the pandemic going on, agencies across the West are having to rethink how to fight fires while fighting the novel coronavirus.

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KUNR is providing updates on the Poeville Fire. Click here for more information. For the most current information about the Poeville Fire, visit @TMPFD and @HumboldtToiyabe on Twitter.

Hundreds evacuated from neighborhoods north of Reno Saturday as the Poeville Fire burned multiple structures. 

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District officials said on Sunday morning the fire had charred approximately 3,500 acres. As of Sunday morning, firefighters had built containment lines around 10 percent of the burn area. More high wind gusts and dry conditions are expected through late Sunday.

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District

9 am Sunday:

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District tweeted a little before 9 am Sunday saying that all evacuations related to the Long Valley Fire have been lifted. The blaze was 50% contained at that time and mapped at 2,438 acres. Officials added that fire crews will mop up the site Sunday and air support is flying in Sunday morning. 

8:45 pm Saturday:

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District is reporting a 1,500 acre fire burning along U.S. 395 near Rancho Haven in Red Rock north of Reno.

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District now has equipment on every engine that will perform chest compressions for people suffering from cardiac arrest. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman has the details. 

Providing chest compressions is tough work. When done manually, it requires multiple paramedics to switch off every two minutes.

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The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District is on the scene battling the Little Valley Fire. Reno Public Radio's Anh Gray checks in with Erin Holland who is with the agency and stationed at the command center to get an update.

The Little Valley Fire, which started around 2 a.m., is burning quickly through Washoe Valley. Officials have closed I-580 and US-395 through Washoe Valley as north as Mount Rose Highway, and are urging residents to be on standby in case of quickly changing conditions.

Public Information Officer for the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Bob Harmon says officials are working to figure out total size at this point, but as of now, there is no containment.

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We'll continue to update this story as it develops. For updates on the fire, be sure to check the InciWeb website.  

11:14 am Friday update:

Pyramid Lake is now open for recreation. Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Spokesman Scott Carey says that major firefighting operations have ceased at the lake, making the lake safe to re-open.

Julia Ritchey

Sparks' Mayor Geno Martini says despite steady economic gains, he’d like to see the state revisit its cap on property taxes to help cash-strapped local governments. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Giving his annual state of the city address on Monday, Mayor Martini says Sparks is venturing forward with what he calls renewed enthusiasm and an eye toward prosperity.

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District is looking to recruit new volunteer firefighters ahead of the next wildfire season. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Chief Charles Moore likes to have about 100 volunteer firefighters to support its full-time staff, but right now they're at about 65.

"So we're looking for another 30 or so volunteers. ...Particularly we need people up in Silver Knolls and Silver Lake and Lemmon Valley."

Reno, Washoe Fire Divorce (Finally) Settled

Jan 28, 2016
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Washoe County and the City of Reno held a press conference Wednesday to announce that they’ve reached a settlement over the region’s so-called fire divorce to deconsolidate fire services. Bob Conrad from ThisisReno was there and has the latest update on this story.

Washoe County will pay the city nearly $450,000, and both say they’re ready to put the matter behind them. They also stress that this settlement will save taxpayers from the costly litigation.

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District

We recently reported that the entire volunteer fire department in Gerlach has resigned, leaving Washoe County officials to provide the town with emergency services. Back in November, volunteers in Galena also stopped their operation.

To get a handle on what's going on here, we turn to our News Director Michelle Billman.

Entire Gerlach Volunteer Fire Department Resigns

Dec 29, 2015
Gerlach Volunteer Fire Dept.

The entire Gerlach Volunteer Fire Department has quit, effective Thursday, leaving county officials to provide emergency services for the small town. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Gerlach's nine volunteer firefighters tendered their resignations in December, citing the demands of holding down two jobs — only one of them paid. 

Fire Chief Willard Gooch, a volunteer for 25 years, says they warned the county about a year ago it was getting to be too much.