“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.”
Firefighters confirm structures have been damaged by the Little Valley Fire. The extent of damage and the number of structures impacted is not known at this time.
“There is zero containment on the Little Valley Fire. All of Washoe Valley is still considered to be at risk. Spot fires are a continual threat due to high winds in the area,” said Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Chief Charles Moore.
There is unified command with TMFPD, Nevada Division Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service. Moore said 125 engines have been ordered and are on their way in. Air support is ready as soon as conditions allow. Until then, there is a very aggressive hand crew attacking the blaze.
The Little Valley Fire started in the Franktown Rd. area at 2 a.m. on Friday, Oct, 14, 2016. The fire has currently burned more than 750 acres. Multiple structures are threatened and recommended evacuations are in place for residents in the Washoe Valley and Montreauz areas.
The fire is burning west of Franktown Rd., moving north toward Bowers Mansion and Joy Lake Rd.
Washoe County Regional Animal Services has setup an evacuation center at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. Hidden Valley Park Arena and Fuji Park in Carson City are available for residents with livestock. A veterinarian is setup at the Equestrian Center on Wells Ave., to treat any injured livestock.
Editor’s note: Real-time updates on the Little Valley Fire are here http://yubanet.com/Fires/little-valley/