Caughlin Fire Now Approaching 2,000 Acres

Reno, NV…From Inciweb…Initial damage assessments are completed. Evacuations remain in effect. Roads remain closed in neighborhoods impacted by the fire. Gas and power are being restored to residences. Fire progression has stopped on all sides of the fire.

Traffic control and security in the evacuated areas are being actively managed by local law enforcement and Nevada National Guard.

Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Friday November 18th, 2011 approx. 12:30 PM
Location Southwest Reno, NV
Incident Commander Mike Brown
Current Situation
Total Personnel 307
Size 1,847 acres
Percent Contained 80%
Estimated Containment Date Sunday November 20th, 2011 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Grass, brush, and structures
Fire Behavior

Today (11/19) most of the fire behavior are small spot fires and islands of brush that have not completely burned. Several buildings have also been smoldering and will be extinguished by crews today. (11/18) Fire was running and spotting, pushed by winds gusting to greater than 60 mph.
Significant Events

Today (11/19) residents will most likely be allowed to re-enter the communities evacuated yesterday. Law enforcement will be allowing residents in with proof of a home address. Law enforcement will continue to monitor and patrol the areas throughout the weekend. 10,000 residents evacuated;9,000 residences affected by power outages; 400 structures, 50 commercial properties, and 100 outbuildings threatened; and, evacuations in effect.
Planned Actions

Contain fire; secure burned area; restore utilities;patrol residential areas and extinguish burning structures; mop up burning embers; perform damage assessments and inventory
Growth Potential

Growth of the fire is estimated at 2030 acres. Wind shift expected 7:30 p.m. tonight (11/18) and flashy fuels.
Terrain Difficulty

Steep topography to the west of the fire in the Mt. Rose Wilderness; canyons and drainages

15 structures have been destroyed and about 40 structures have been damaged.