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Chariot Fire in Red Rock Holding at 100 Acres

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A lightning storm moved through northern Nevada Sunday afternoon, and that led to a brush fire in the Red Rock area.

Fire officials say the Chariot fire burned off of Chuckwagon Road, east of North Red Rock Road.

As of 11 p.m. Sunday, Chief Charles Moore with the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District says crews have held the fire at 100 acres. He says this fire was probably caused by lightning.

"We had a report of an eye-witness who saw the lightning strike and the fire break out from that," he said. "So, no other probable causes at this point."

When it first sparked, about eight homes were being threatened. Fire officials say there was a concern because of the downhill winds that were heading toward the homes. Fortunately, crews were able to stop the flames from spreading.

However, as a precaution, crews evacuated the residents from those homes for several hours. Chief Moore says eight homes were threatened.

"Had it got into that area, the winds would've threatened more structures," he said.

As of Sunday evening, Chief Moore says the homes are no longer in danger.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office also helped close Red Rock Road about five miles from the fire, so crews had easy access to the area. Chief Moore says a firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion while working. He says crews will be monitoring the area overnight to make sure the fire doesn't flare up again.

"We are expecting winds to come in Monday and Tuesday," he said. "We need to make sure this thing is well-contained before the wind gets here."

I talked with some residents in the area who say they are grateful for the firefighters' quick response to make sure their homes were not damaged.

Written by Adam Varahachaikol
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