Unusual winter fire in Reno blazes

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A fire in southwest Reno, Nev. Friday blazed through more than 400 acres, destroyed 25 homes, killed at least one person and injured several more as the violent winds spread the blaze.

The Washington Post story starts out with Kristina Wright, a woman who lives on the edge of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, sleeping in front of the TV in her home. She awoke to flames, not to snow, as the weatherman predicted.

The fire likely started in Caughlin Ranch, a neighborhood bordering forest-covered hills, after 12:30 a.m. The cause of the fire is still unknown, but a downed power line or a homeless encampment in the area is a probable cause the Post reported.

The violent winds, in excess of 70 mph, likely carried embers up to a mile away from the source, as the police went door-to-door, urging residents to evacuate in the middle of the night.

According to the Post, at least 400 firefighters from a 260 mile radius came to Reno early Friday to help contain the flames.

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