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Thre volunteers preparing swabs to test residents of a skilled nursing facility for COVID-19. The volunteers are wearing PPE from head to toe, which includes face masks, face shields, gowns and gloves.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Here are the latest news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021.

Michael Snook is in the back-right corner standing near a brick wall, looking at two spotted pigs. Between them is a burned shipping container.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

The Beckwourth Complex Fire formed after two fires burning in Northern California merged early this month. The blaze burned more than 105,000 acres and swept through the small town of Doyle, destroying more than 30 homes. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck spoke to residents to find out how they’re doing.

An image of Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak standing with California Governor Gavin Newsom
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, July 29, 2021.

KUNR Today: Masks Are Again Required Indoors, Federal Judge Upholds Ban On 'Ghost Guns'

Jul 28, 2021
An image of a 3-D printed handgun
Courtesy / Federal Bureau of Investigation

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

A fire spreads rapidly across a roadway.
Tamarack Fire Information Facebook page / Tamarack Fire Incident Management Team

Here are online resources with information about the Tamarack Fire: Inciweb, the Facebook page set up by the fire's incident command team, Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest on Facebook and Twitter, the Great Basin Coordination Center on Twitter, and the Lyon County Sheriff's Office on Facebook. Residents can sign up for evacuation notifications on the homepage of the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office, with Douglas County's reverse 911 system, and Lyon County's CodeRED system.

For information on the Dixie Fire, you can visit the official incident page on CAL FIRE's website.

As of 7:45 a.m. on July 29, 2021, KUNR is no longer actively updating this web post.

An image taken outside the Reno-Tahoe International Airport
Courtesy / Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Monday, July 26, 2021.

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Friday, July 23, 2021.

A wildfire burning alongside the top of a forest land
Courtesy of National Interagency Fire Center

COVID-19 cases rose by an estimated 18% during a period when heavy wildfire smoke blanketed the Reno area. The findings suggest that the smoke from wildfires increase the rate of COVID-19 transmission.

KUNR Morning Edition host Noah Glick spoke with Daniel Kiser, an assistant research scientist with the Desert Research Institute and the co-lead author of the new study, to learn more.

Smoky Skies Could Linger Until Snow Flies

Jul 22, 2021

Wildfire season began earlier than usual across the region this year, and with it came smoky skies. That's led to problems like unsafe air quality, and hundreds of delayed flights out of Denver on Monday. Now, meteorologists and air quality experts say hazy conditions will likely stick around until fall for many Mountain West communities.

An image of a wildfire burning with large plumes of smoke
Courtesy / Oregon Department of Forestry

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

The Beckwourth Complex Fire burning with tall flames and smoke in the air.
Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue via Twitter

Please check the following sites for the most up-to-date information on the Beckwourth-Complex Fire: Washoe CountyPlumas CountyLassen County, and the Official Incident Page. You can also check out the latest information on air quality at airnow.govAs of 5:10 p.m. on July 23, 2021, KUNR is no longer actively updating this webpost.

An image of a wildfire burning with large plumes of smoke
Courtesy / National Interagency Fire Center

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

An image of a firefighter walking along a fire line in the forest.
U.S. Navy / Creative Commons, CC BY 2.0

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Monday, July 19, 2021.

Severe wildfires across the West have prompted the nation’s top fire agency to increase its preparedness level to the highest and most critical stage. This is the earliest the agency has done so in a decade.

“It’s an all hands on deck approach,” said Stanton Florea, a spokesperson with the National Interagency Fire Center. “We’re a full month ahead of where we were last year.”

An image of firefighters walking through the wilderness.
Courtesy / FEMA

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

Updates: Huff Fire In Elko County

Jun 22, 2021
An aerial view of the Huff Fire in Elko.
Bureau of Land Management Nevada via Facebook

8:55 a.m. | June 23, 2021

The Huff Fire northeast of Elko has burned more than 1,400 acres and destroyed one structure after sparking Tuesday afternoon.

KUNR Today: Interior Sec. Addresses Indian Boarding School History, Regional Unemployment Rates Vary

Jun 22, 2021
An historical image of the Stewart Indian School in Carson City, Nev.
Courtesy / Travel Nevada

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

Smoke billows behind homes in south Reno.
Natalie Van Hoozer / KUNR

For the most current information about the Petrilla Fire, visit @TMFPD on Twitter. As of 7:15 a.m. on June 19, 2021, KUNR is no longer actively updating this post. 

7:15 a.m. | June 19, 2021

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District reported on Twitter Friday that the Petrilla Fire is 75% contained and full containment is expected Saturday evening. 

A screenshot from an ALERT Tahoe camera showing smoke billowing.
SCREENSHOT FROM ALERTWILDFIRE CAMERAS / BLM NEVADA

Editor’s Note: As of Friday, June 11, KUNR has stopped actively updating this web post. The Jacks Valley Fire is 100% contained. You can find the latest updates here.

11:35 a.m. | June 10,  2021

Communities across the West typically have wildfire plans. They lay out how to evacuate, where to send people and what to do. But those may need an update.

“We need to step up and start planning for worse scenarios than we’ve planned for in the past,” said Thomas Cova, a University of Utah geography professor.

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