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FEMA Authorizes Federal Funds for Cold Springs Fire

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Courtesy: Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Courtesy: Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District
Courtesy: Reno Fire Chief Dave Cochran Courtesy: Reno Fire Chief Dave Cochran
Courtesy: Greg Canfield Courtesy: Greg Canfield
Courtesy: Reno Fire Chief Dave Cochran Courtesy: Reno Fire Chief Dave Cochran

FEMA says it has authorized the use of federal funds to help the state of Nevada fight the Cold Springs Fire in Washoe County.

The request was made on Friday after the fire broke out. At the time of the request, the fire was threatening 500 homes in and around the community of Red Rock and Stead. 

A FEMA regional director determined the fire would constitute a major disaster if those primary residences burned.

Fire officials now say that the fire was caused by sparks coming off of a truck towing a trailer traveling on US 395. 

The fire started around 1 p.m. Friday on the east side of the road on Highway 395, just south of White Lake Road. Officials now say a truck pulling a trailer was seen in that area with sparks coming off the back. The BLM says the sparks caused at least seven fire starts over about a half-mile.

The truck is believed to have been an F-250 or F-350 Ford truck. 

The BLM says a firefighter witness said it appeared other drivers tried to alert the truck driver to the sparks, which means there were possibly other witnesses.

If you witnessed this incident, call 775-885-6117. 

The Cold Springs fire burned 1,523 acres.

No structures were lost. 

Evacuations Lifted: 

When the fire broke out, two neighborhoods were under voluntary evacuations; the first off of Crystal Canyon Boulevard; the second in the Silver Knolls area off of Red Rock Road.

As of Friday night, north & south Red Rock Road is now open for residents and evacuees are allowed to return home after being displaced by the Cold Springs Fire.

Roads Impacted: 

Nevada Highway Patrol says both lanes of Highway 395/Cold Springs have been reopened, after being closed for several hours Friday afternoon.

Utilities Impacted: 

Hundreds of customers were without power due to the fire Friday night, but as of Saturday power has been restored. 

Great Basin Water Co., Cold Springs Division says it experienced power outages at multiple well sites in Cold Springs due to the fire, but have lifted a precautionary water conservation notification. Residents can return to their normal water usage.

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