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Welder sparked 80-acre wildfire north of Reno; 15% contained

September 17, 2018

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A welder sparked a wildfire that has burned about 80 acres (32 hectares) in the Palomino Valley north of Reno.

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District spokesman Adam Mayberry says a person who was welding accidentally started the Pioche Fire that broke out about 10:30 a.m. Sunday near Ironwood and Wilcox Ranch roads.

The fire burned dangerously closed to several homes Sunday afternoon but now is moving away from residential areas. It’s estimated to be about 15 percent contained.

Eleven aircraft have been assisting crews on the ground.

No injuries have been reported an no evacuation orders currently are in place. A temporary animal shelter has been set up the Ironwood Equestrian Center as a precaution for livestock and pets.

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