November Reno fire caused by arcing power lines, report says

The Caughlin Ranch fire in Reno in November.
Fire investigators have confirmed that arcing power lines caused a November blaze that destroyed 29 homes in Reno, causing about $7.6 million in property damage.

The report, issued by the Reno Fire Department, confirmed authorities’ suspicion that the brush fire started when high winds caused power lines to spark.

The report, released Friday, says a tree branch probably was blown onto to lines, the Associated Press reported.

The ensuing fire was then stoked by gusts of winds that reached 85 mph and eventually scorched about 2,000 acres.

Another 29 homes burned this month in a wind-whipped fire south of Reno. In that blaze, a man later  came forward to say he might have caused the blaze by improperly discarding fireplace ashes.

Prosecutors are considering whether to file charges against him.

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Photo: Residents watch the Caughlin Ranch fire in Reno in November. Credit: Liz Margerum/The Reno Gazette-Journal

 

 
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Rene Lynch has been an editor and writer in Metro, Sports, Business, Calendar and Food. @ReneLynch

As an editor and reporter, Michael Muskal has covered local, national, economic and foreign issues at three newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times. @latimesmuskal


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