South Lake Tahoe Wildfire Forces Evacuation of 500 Homes

Firefighters had all but snuffed out another fire that destroyed at least one structure and had temporarily closed the Mount Rose Highway connecting Reno to Lake Tahoe.

Several elementary schools, a high school and the Redfield campus of the University of Nevada, Reno were closed. He posted photos of it reduced to rubble on his Twitter account Friday afternoon.

Moore said 365 firefighters were on scene and 500 more were on their way to help battle the blaze.

That wildfire was more than 100 acres and its cause was under investigation. But the winds gusting up to 89 miles per hour over the Sierra ridgetops were keeping all firefighting aircraft on the ground.

More than 5,000 people were without power at 10:30 a.m. Friday, mostly in southwest Reno, according to NV Energy.

Fire District Chief Charles Moore says the entire Washoe Valley remains at risk along the eastern front of the Sierra where winds are gusting in excess of 60 miles per hour.

Hof also said his neighbor Marvin Gates, former owner of the Sagebrush Ranch brothel in Mound House, fled his home as flames were burning on the side of his house and driveway. He's running for the state Assembly as a Libertarian in the November election.

Officials say anyone with large animals should head to the Livestock Events Center, located on 1350 N. Wells Avenue.

Kukulus was hopeful the winds would subside enough early Saturday to allow for the use of some helicopters or air tankers.

CalTrans road crews drive past a melted traffic cone at the Emerald Fire along Highway 89 near Lake Tahoe on Friday, October 14, 2016. Officials with Truckee Meadows Fire say anyone living in the area should get ready to evacuate. The fire delayed the start of the session, where lawmakers were voting on a proposed increase in the hotel tax in Las Vegas as part of a plan to build a football stadium they hope will lure the NFL's Raiders to Vegas.

Evacuations are mandatory for Spring Creek, Cathedral, West shore of Fallen Leaf Lake, Cascade Properties, Cascade Lake.

Highway 89 was closed from Camp Richardson to Meeks Bay, the station reported.

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