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Friday, January 20, 2012

Nevada fire burns 3,900 acres near Reno and Damages 26 Homes

A wildfire near Reno, Nevada, has burned 3,900 acres and damaged 26 homes, authorities said Friday.

The blaze in North Washoe Valley, dubbed the Washoe fire, was about 50% contained Friday morning, said Mark Regan, a spokesman for the Sierra Fire Protection District.

The fire prompted the evacuation of about 10,000 people, closed a major highway and led the governor of Nevada to declare a state of emergency. It began burning around 1 p.m. Thursday.

Several flights at the Reno airport were canceled or diverted Thursday, CNN affiliate KTVN reported.

"Declaring a state of emergency ensures that every resource from the local, state and federal level is available to assist," Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement. Source