TMFPD: Large Bird Nesting On Power Pole Caused Berry Fire
UPDATE: TMFPD says the fire is now 100% contained.
UPDATE: The Berry fire burning near Washoe Lake is now 100% contained, per Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.
They add that the cause of the Berry Fire was a large bird who was nesting on a power pole.
When the bird flew away it shorted an electrical line which caused another line to also short on another power pole.
This resulted in two separate fires.
This fire burned a just over 12 acres in total.
UPDATE: TMFPD says the fire is now 60% contained and forward progress has been stopped. It's at 12.3 acres and they expect to have the fire fully contained by Saturday.
They said evacuations have been lifted and residents can return home.
NHP said the highway is back open in both directions.
TMFPD says one shed was lost in the fire and there were no injuries reported.
Final #BerryFire update this evening - Evacuations lifted, all residents can return home. Acreage now at 12.3, 60% contained, one outbuilding lost, no residential bldgs damaged and no injuries reported. Crews will remain overnight to mop up and secure perimeter. @washoecounty— Truckee Meadows Fire (@TMFPD) August 18, 2018
The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) says the Berry Fire near Service Berry Lane in Washoe Valley is holding at eight acres and the flames are out.
They said they will be mopping up the scene throughout the night in case the weather conditions are bad.
They said evacuations are now limited to eight addresses along old Highway 395.
The Berry Fire started just after 2:45 p.m. on Friday.
NHP says US 395A is closed at Bellevue Road to South Eastlake Blvd.
TMFPD says there were multiple structures threatened but there are no damages to report so far.
They said the Nevada Division of Forestry, the U.S. Forest Service, and Reno Fire, Sparks Fire and Carson Fire Departments are all on scene.
There's no immediate word on how the fire started.
TMFPD says there are two helicopters and hand crews on scene still.
NV Energy was reporting two nearby outages, but there was no confirmation if the outages were connected to the fire.
We have a crew on scene getting more information.