Highlights from the most recent press conference:
Gov. Brian Sandoval commented on the efforts of the firefighters and other emergency personnel on the fire.
"It is important to remember that this is nothing short of a miracle," he said. "Four thousand homes were saved by 400 firefighters. We have heroes in our midst. They are still out on the front lines."
Congressman Mark Amodei also commented. He pledged to do what he can at the federal level to restore the lost watershed.
Fire Chief Mike Brown, from Sierra Fire, says the fire is now 80 percent contained and should be fulyl controlled by mid-week.
There are still more than 200 firefighters building a line on the west end of the fire.
Brown says there were still fires taking place in some of the structures as late as 3 a.m. this morning.
Firefighters are working hot spots and helping residents who are returning to their homes.
Emergency personnel are placing two placards on homes to indicate the severity of the damage. Red ones mean it is unsafe to enter the home. Residents with red placards are being urged to call 211. A yellow placard indicates significant damage and it is safe to enter with caution. If anyone entering a home smells natural gas, fuel or a fire, immediately get out of the residence and call 911.
People who are returning to their homes and need to relight their pilot lights should contact NV Energy for assistance. Please do not call if you are not in the area affected by the fire.
Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez stressed that residents should be extra cautious because there will still be a lot of people and equipment in the affected neighborhoods for the next few days.
Hernandez commented on the initial response to the fire. He said the fire call came in at 12:20 a.m. Friday morning and within two minutes the response crews upgraded the fire. Within minutes it went to a three alarm fire. "We threw everthing we had at it," Hernandez said.
The Red Cross Shelter at Reno High School is demobilizing. Residents who still need accomodations can use other services available through the Red Cross (856-1000) or local businesses that are offering discounted rooms.
Residents are also being urged to seek information on the City of Reno website, www.reno.gov/caughlinfire, on how to handle the aftermath of a fire.
The 211 information number will stay in effect. The 337-5800 number to call for information will end at 5 p.m. today
Update at 2:30 p.m. Saturday:
The fire is 80 percent contained, but the entire perimeter is contained. What remains is hotspots in areas difficult to reach. Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez projects the final firefighting will be wrapped up by Sunday evening.
About 140 firefighters will continue extinguishing the fire today in mop-up operations.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, but officials have ruled out the reported teenagers in the area and homeless people as the cause of the fire. The origin point was near Skyline Boulevard.
Fifteen structures have been lost; they are uninhabitable. Forty more structures have been damaged.
Law enforcement will allow evacuated residents to re-enter the fire area beginning at noon. Some form of identification will be required to demonstrate residency in the area. About 50 law enforcement officials will secure the area throughout the day.
About 150 gas customers are without service, and about 50 customers are without electricity. Residents returning to their homes should phone NV Energy at 834-4100 before relighting a pilot light.
For assistance from the State of Nevada regarding insurance, please call 687-0700.
Animal Services will be open until 3:00 p.m. today for people to pick up their animals, and the Reno Livestock Events Center will be open until at least 5:00 p.m. today for owners to recover larger animals.
Washoe County Animal Control has taken in about 15 pets. Some of these pets may have been left at the evacuation center at Reno or Galena High School. Pets can be claimed today at Animal Control (2825 Longley Lane) starting at 11 am. Call 322-3647 to make arrangements as Animal Control is normally closed on Saturdays.
Further information is available from 211 and from the Emergency Operation Center at 337-5800
Check www.reno.gov for updates.
The next media conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today at the Galena Command Post.
To volunteer, contact the Red Cross at 775-856-1000.
Food Donations, contact Salvation Army at 775-856-1000
4 p.m. Friday update:
The rumors of people being permitted back into evacuated areas are not true.
All evacuees are being sent to Reno High School. Gallena High School will now only be used as a command post.
Updated information, including maps that will soon be available, is at http://Reno.gov/CaughlinFire.
There is a tip line for after-fire recovery of homes: 775-745-5514.
A Disaster Recovery Team, consisting of representatives of the Reno Fire Department, Reno Police Department, NV Energy, the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, City of Reno Public Works, Washoe County and City of Reno bulding officials, and a Nevada Disaster representative will enter the areas affected by the fire. They will determine safe areas first, then identify individual home addresses that are safe for re-entry. Once this has been done, the Reno Police Department will organize residential re-entry.
The Nevada National Guard is conducting wellness checks in the area, with 100 Guardsmen working alongside local law enforcement.
To volunteer, contact the Red Cross at 775-856-1000.
4,100 customers are without electricity.
140 customers are without gas.
- No cause yet determined.
- Next press conference at 4 p.m.
- About 450 firefighters are battling the blaze.
- Washoe County Animal Control has set up a shelter for pets at Reno and Galena high schools.
- REMSA has treated 16 patients for respiratory and heart ailments. One man has died of a heart attack.
- The fire has now consumed more than 2,000 acres.
- The Nevada National Guard has been mobilized to assist with the fire.
- An evacuation order is now in effect for neighborhoods in the area of the fire.
- Fire officials are reporting that the forward movement of the fire has been stopped, but the fire is not yet under control.
- Three homes have burned on Star Meadow Loop, one on Gibraltar, three on Pioneer Trail, four on Lakeshores West, two on Meadow Valley and one on Quail Meadow Court.
- 4,900 homes are potentially threatened in the fire area.
- The Washoe County School District has closed all schools in Reno and Sparks.
- Several area hotels are offering free or discounted rooms to evacuees of the fire, including the The Victorian Inn in Sparks and the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. The Squeeze In, which has two locations in Reno, is offering free meals and drinks.
- Reno High School has capacity again for evacuees. The evacuation points are Reno H.S. and Galena H.S.
- Residents can get information about the fire at 211 or 337-5800. Those without phone access can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Red Cross is available at 856-1000. Nonperishable and in-kind donations can go to the Salvation Army headquarters at 2300 Valley Road.
Renown Regional Medical Center reports that three of its medical office locations have been voluntarily evacuated due to the fire. Renown officials are currently in the process of contacting patients who had appointments at those locations. If you had a scheduled appointment today, please call 982-5000 to reschedule.
9 a.m. update:
1. It is 400-plus acres and zero percent contained. The fire has jumped Lakeside Drive and reached Del Monte, west of South Virginia in the Windy Hills area.
2. The City of Reno and Washoe County have declared a state of emergency.
3. Contrary to rumors, the Reno-Tahoe International Airport is NOT closed. However, some delays and cancellations are occurring.
4. The 211 system for non-emergency calls related to the fire is getting heavy traffic. Please call 775-784-8085 instead.
5. People should evacuate to Galena High School; the Reno High School evacuation point is at capacity with 110 evacuees.
6. The Washoe County Health Department's Medical Reserve Corps staff, including nurses and mental health specialists, are at the evacuation centers to offer help.
7. Livestock can be evacuated to the Livestock Events Center on Wells Ave.
8. More than 20 homes have been destroyed. More than 100 more are endangered.
9. Fire agencies from Reno, Sparks, Washoe and Storey counties are fighting the blaze.
10. NV Energy is reporting that more than 1,000 homes in the area are without power.