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Power Restored to Thousands Following Brush Fire in Sparks

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Courtesy: NV Energy Courtesy: NV Energy
Wind, rain, fire, and a massive power outage... All of that came from a pair of thunderstorms that passed through in a little more than an hour.

A number of people who live near Malapi Way in Sparks were concerned after a brush fire started near some homes, but it wasn't just that neighborhood that was affected, NV Energy says the fire involved a power line that went down that affected thousands of others.

"It didn't seem bad at all," said Maxine Frese. "Then, it was like a big dirt devil came through the backyard. It just picked up. The wind was heavy and everything started to blow."

She was in her backyard when she saw the fire start about a few hundred feet away.

"Then, I smelled smoke, and we came around, and this big tree up here was on fire."

"The fire apparently started on the other side of the creek here," said Captain Brad Noble with Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.

Then, Maxine and her husband worked with neighbors to put out the fire using garden hoses before firefighters got there.

"I've been here about a year, and this is the dream place I want to be," Frese said. "All I could imagine was all these trees starting up, and catching on fire and not being able to be here. This is where I want to be, and to lose that was very frightening."

Fortunately, crews were able to get a handle on the fire, and no homes were damaged, and no injuries were reported. However, NV Energy says the fire caused more than 7,500 homes and businesses to be without power.

"When the power went off today, and my sister-in-law got cancer, and she got really sick because of the A/C wasn't working anymore," said David Bonds, a Sparks resident. "It was off for hours, couple hours, I think, at least."

He told me he was trying to figure out what to do while crews got power back up.

"It was a little scary," Bonds said. "Her medicine and stuff is in the fridge, and it's supposed to stay cool."

With Tuesday's red flag warning, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District had all of their crews on standby.

"When we have thunderstorms in the area, we see lightning, we go into a lightning plan," Captain Noble said. "So, we're all prepared for this."

The next time we have a thunderstorm in the area, fire officials are asking you to be prepared.

"If there is a thunderstorm in the area, and there is lightning in the area, obviously, you want to cover up," Captain Noble said. "Probably stay inside your home, and if you do see some lightning, or if you do see a smoke column, call 911."

NV Energy says all power has been restored to customers affected by the brush fire.

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