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Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez says the Caughlin Fire has grown to 2,000 acres since breaking out around 12:30m.
It started off of Sierra Pine Court. Crews say the heavy winds have made it extremely hard for them to fight the fire.
Chief Hernandez says 25 homes are affected - some with mininal to extensive damage. But - authorities say they've saved about 4,000 homes.
At a 4pm press conference, Chief Hernandez said the fire's forward movement has been stopped. Firefighters expect winds to die down in the next two to three hours.
He also mentioned one firefighter suffered one and second-degree burns. The unidentified firefighter was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Residents needing help with power at night can call NV Energy at 775-834-4100.
Chief Hernandez expects evacuated residents to return home around noon Saturday.
The fire remains under investiagtion.
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There is a tip line for after-fire recovery of homes: 775-745-5514.
A Disaster Recovery Team, consisting of representatives of the Reno Fire Department, Reno Police Department, NV Energy, the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, City of Reno Public Works, Washoe County and City of Reno bulding officials, and a Nevada Disaster representative will enter the areas affected by the fire. They will determine safe areas first, then identify individual home addresses that are safe for re-entry. Once this has been done, the Reno Police Department will organize residential re-entry.
The Nevada National Guard is conducting wellness checks in the area, with 100 Guardsmen working alongside local law enforcement.
More than 450 firefighters are on scene battling the flames. All state resources have been deployed including the National Guard. Gov. Sandoval reports he even contacted California Governor Jerry Brown for additional resources from that state.
A REMSA spokesman says 16 patients have been admitted to various area hospitals, mostly with smoke inhalation problems.
McCarran Boulevard is open as of 6:45pm Friday.
The state of Nevada, Washoe County and the City of Reno have declared a state of emergency.
Evacuation area expanded to now McCarran north to Caughlin Parkway, and south to Caughlin Ranch Elementary School and Alum Creek area. The boundary to the south is Zolezzi Lane to Arrowcreek Parkway.
9,500 people have been evacuated.
Reno High School is open as an evacution center.
Residents can get information about the fire at 211, 337-5800. Those without phone coverage can e-mail
The Red Cross is available at 856-1000. They tell us they are in 'dire need' for monetary donations.
NV Energy reports 4,100 customers are without power in Caughlin/Skyline/Ridgeview/Manzanita areas. 140 are without gas.
Air quality readings throughout the valley are elevated regionwide, and residents are encouraged to stay indoors.
Crews have reported there have been multiple car accidents because of people coming to watch the blaze. Law enforcement is urging everyone to avoid the area as much as possible.
Crews have reported a man died of a heart attack while trying to evacuate the area, meanwhile, there are multiple victims of smoke inhalation.
RTC says all buses are operating on their normal routes. However, due to rapidly changing conditions RTC may need to cancel or detour services to assist in the evacuation of residences and businesses.
As a precaution, RTC is attempting to call all RTC ACCESS clients living in the affected areas to check on their welfare and offer evacuation services if requested.  RTC ACCESS clients requesting evacuation assistance should call 348-5438.
For complete RTC information go to http// to sign up for free email updates using MyRTC or call 348-0400.
The Regional Semi-final football game between Reed High School and Douglas High School that was scheduled to be played tonight has been cancelled. The game has been rescheduled for Monday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Reed High School.
For information on the fire, call 337-5500.
Contributions to the local Red Cross chapter can be earmarked for victims of the Caughlin Fire.
Save Mart stores are also accepting donations for the American Red Cross through next Wednesday.
Those who want to help with blankets, food and household items are asked to drop them off at the Salvation Army's production warehouse, 2300 Valley Road., 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Food donations need to be nonperishable canned food or packaged items.
Governor Brian Sandoval has declared a state of emergency which qualifies local governments for federal assistance associated with the Caughlin Ranch fire.  Governor Sandoval is onsite with local officials and the state emergency operations center has been activated. 
"Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been and are being affected by this fire," Sandoval said. "Declaring a state of emergency ensures that every resource from the local, state and federal level is available to assist. I have asked the National Guard to be on alert and state resources are supporting Reno and Washoe County officials."
The TMCC Meadowood Center will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 19, due to continued smoke and ventilation considerations. No classes or workshops will be held at this facility.
Please check the TMCC home page for updated information. (
The City of Reno asks residents to:
-Do not call 911 unless you have an emergency.  Requests for information are clogging the lines.
-Stay out of the area near the fire.  People visiting the area to observe are snarling traffic, causing accidents and slowing the emergency response
A Reno-Tahoe International Airport spokesperson tells us at least six Southwest flights are cancelled, and there are several other delays. They say to call ahead to get the latest information on your flight.
Please stay with Channel 2 News for the latest.
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