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300-Acre Fire Burning Near Reno


UPDATE June 16, 3:28 p.m.: Crews near Reno are mopping up after the Hawken Fire, which burned a total of 278 acres.

The fire did not cause any property damage or injuries. 

According to the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, some fire crews are still at the scene.

UPDATE 8:47 p.m.: The Hawken fire is now 300 acres and is 20 percent contained. Evacuations have all been lifted.


UPDATE 8:01 p.m.: The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District has cleared evacuees to return home.

UPDATE: 5:12 p.m.: According to the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, there is less concern about the Hawken Fire threatening homes. 

The blaze has burned 200 acres.


UPDATE 5:06 p.m.:  (AP) - Dozens of residents on the southwest edge of Reno have been told to be ready to evacuate as fire crews converge on a brush fire burning in strong, gusty winds in the foothills along the Sierra's eastern front.

Fire Chief Charles Moore says about 100 firefighters are battling the blaze that broke out about 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Coughlin Ranch area. He told reporters Wednesday afternoon it has burned about 50 acres and as many as 50 homes could be threatened.

Some local roads have been closed, and area residents have been warned to prepare for voluntary evacuations.

Moore says the high winds are preventing the use of aerial attacks.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning earlier Wednesday with afternoon winds forecast to gust up to 50 mph.

Original Post: Fire crews near Reno are battling a brush fire that's threatening homes Wednesday.

The Hawken Fire is burning near Caughlin Ranch and is currently 50 acres. 

According to the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, shifting winds were making fire operations difficult.