A fast-moving, wind-driven brush fire south of Reno, Nev., burned several homes Thursday and led to the evacuation of 10,000 people. Wind gusts of up to 82 mph continue to push the fire out of control, threatening dozens more homes.
Reuters reported via WNEP that the blaze started around 1 p.m. Thursday in the Pleasant Valley area south of Reno. Four hours later, more than 3,000 acres were burned.
At a news conference, authorities said seven residential neighborhoods and two schools were evacuated as the blaze made its way north toward the city.
There were no injuries or deaths reported.
We know we have lost some structures (but) we don't have a count at this time, Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez said.
More than 230 firefighters were battling the blaze, The Associated Press reported.
Fire officials had to open the gates of livestock pens in order to hastily release horses and cattle onto nearby roads so they could escape the flames.
Gov. Brian Sandoval has declared a state of emergency, which will help Nevada get federal aid.
Hernandez said firefighters had zero containment of the blaze. He also said officials are focused on using crews and trucks to protect homes in its path.
Hernandez also said that between 80 and 120 firefighters are expected to arrive on the scene before midnight.
To say we are in the thick of battle is an understatement, he told reporters.
Hernandez also said firefighters are in the heat of battle right now, and they will probably continue fighting throughout the night.
The Reno fire caused Vice President Joe Biden to cut short a visit to Galena High School where he was speaking to the students and their families about college affordability. A White House official said Biden shortened his visit so as to ensure students could leave the school safely.