Fires in Nevada Natural Disasters
November 18, 2011 a cloud of gray smoke enveloped the house and pasture on the outskirts of Reno, Nevada, after firefighters extinguished the flash fires. Cause of the fire is unknown, but local authorities are confident that this was either due to high voltage lines, or because of fires fueled by teenagers.
More than 400 firefighters arrived on the scene to extinguish the 15-meter high flames from the north-western foothills of the Sierra Nevada to the valley floor. Wind gusts were so strong that the fire spread from the area of 800 160 hectares.
As a result, fires killed one person, 16 people were hospitalized, destroyed 25 houses. Fire burns received numerous first and second degree. More than 4,000 Nevada residents were without electricity that day. Local officials hope that lowering the temperature quench embers soon.