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Little Valley Fire Evacuees Allowed to Return Home; Now 100% Contained

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The nearly 2,300-acre Little Valley Fire is now 100% contained. 

Washoe County officials say that residents will be required to show identification to enter Franktown Road.

Authorities say the estimated cost of all resources to fight the fire totals about $4 million to date. 

Earlier, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval declared a State of Emergency for Washoe County after the fire burned 23 homes and 17 outbuildings near Washoe Valley.

The fire is burning west of Franktown Road, moving north toward Bowers Mansion and Joy Lake Road.

A residential guide is posted below for returning after extended power outages is attached and provides property owners with information on returning to residences after evacuation or power loss.

Firefighters will focus on mopping-up hot spots around structures, addressing hazard trees and smoldering stumps. Fire crews will continue to secure the fire perimeter and addressing any localized flooding along roads and ditches.

Officials say the wet weather has been very helpful for firefighting efforts and keeping the fire within the incident objective perimeter. 

On Wednesday, October 19th, officials say that the public may see smoke within the interior of the fire perimeter of the next few days but these spots do not pose any threats to structures. 

Evacuations: Mandatory evacuations have been lifted.

The Evacuation Centers have been deactivated.  

Residents who are seeking information about their homes or seeking help can call: 775-328-2003.

Road Closures: There are no road closures at this time. 

For fire information please call 775-782-1429.

For further updates visit www.sierrafront.net and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5064/ and Facebook http://bit.ly/2dh4XUs.

Fire Details: 

It is estimated that approximately 480 homes have been saved in the fire area.

In an press conference Friday, Chief Moore said that the fire was initially reported at 1:38 a.m. near where last week's controlled burn was located, When crews arrived on scene, it was about five acres large, and then grew from there. 

Authorities say most of the damage is in the Franktown Road/Highway 395 area. One of the homes affected belonged to Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch. He posted before and after photos of one of his homes on Twitter. 

One fire engine sustained significant damage and four firefighters were treated and subsequently released for smoke inhalation. No residents have reported any injuries at the time of this post.

While all regional fire agencies assisted on Friday Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center took control of the command.

State of Emergency Details:

In order to bring in more crews to assist in this fire, multiple steps were taken on Friday so that federal funding would be available. 

Washoe County Assistant County Manager Kevin Schiller declared a State of Emergency for the county on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners following two brush fires.

“Declaring a State of Emergency allows us to increase capacity and resources to manage the fires,” said Schiller. “We thank our emergency responders who are working hard to protect citizens. Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by these fires.”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of Nevada to combat the Little Valley Fire burning in Washoe County.The Acting Regional Administrator, FEMA Region IX, determined that the Little Valley Fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. The State’s request was immediately approved.  

Eligible costs covered by Fire Management Assistance Grants through FEMA can include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair and replacement; tools; materials; supplies and mobilization; and demobilization activities.

Authorities have requested up to 1,000 firefighters to help contain the fire.

Storey County also filed a Declaration of Emergency early Friday morning. Rather, the declaration was made to ensure access to mutual-aid and financial resources as may be necessary.

There is unified command with TMFPD, Nevada Division Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service. Firefighters from California, Utah, and Idaho are assisting.

Remember:

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension encourages homeowners to consult the Evacuation Guide provided by its Living With Fire Program, a partnership with several local, state and federal agencies. The Evacuation Guide, as well as other valuable information regarding what to do when a fire may be approaching, can be found at LivingWithFire.info. Click on the “Learning Center,” then on “Evacuation.”


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