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Fire north of Reno 45 percent contained; high winds forecast

August 2, 2018

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Firefighters in northern Nevada say they’ve reached 45 percent containment on a wild land blaze that has destroyed or damaged at least three residences north of Reno since an arsonist allegedly started it last Friday.

Authorities said Thursday at least 15 outbuildings and dozens of vehicles also have been damaged or destroyed by the fire that has burned about 76 square miles (196 sq. kilometers) of mostly rangeland.

Fire activity was limited to islands of brush within the fire’s perimeter Wednesday. But crews were concerned high winds in the forecast could stoke the flames near Pyramid Lake.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for western Nevada and Sierra’s eastern front Thursday through Saturday when winds could gust in excess of 35 mph.

David Radonski of Reno was arrested Tuesday on multiple arson charges.

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