wildfire

With historically high temperatures, low humidity, and dry, dry land, Northern Nevada is facing what could be a devastating fire season. For our ongoing series on the drought and all its ripple effects, Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss ventured out to Washoe Valley where local firefighters have been preparing for what this summer may bring.  

Greg Jackson is an operator for the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, and he’s hiking through the woods to a half-dead, towering pine tree that his crew will cut down for practice. 

UPDATE Thursday 8:30 AM:

A fire near Applegate in Placer County continues to burn on the east side of Interstate 80. The eastbound lanes were temporarily shut down Wednesday because of the blaze. As of this morning, only one lane was open for traffic heading toward Nevada.

The fire is 420 acres and about 20 percent contained. So far, 5 homes have been destroyed and 1,000 structures are currently threatened. An evacuation order still remains in effect for locals in the area. 

Check back for more updates.

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