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Morning Update on the Caughlin Fire
Media Release
For Immediate Release
www.washoecounty.us/sierrafire
Contact: Michael Heikka
775.742.2364
11-148
Here is the latest update on the Caughlin Fire:

November 19, 2011. Morning Update (4:20 A.M.): Crews from across the region continued their efforts to secure property and the fire area throughout the evening. The fire crews made great progress last night. Crews were able to extinguish a good portion of the hot spots, secure homes and power has been returned to residents affected by the fire. Power has not been returned to homes that have been damaged. Residents displaced by the fire are expected to be able to return at noon today. This will apply to residents only. All other traffic in affected areas will be diverted. U.S. Senator Dean Heller and U.S. Congressman Mark Amodei will be briefed, tour the disaster site and meet residents this afternoon. If you would like to be a part of the tour, please contact us.

The next news conference will be held at 10 a.m., Galena High School Theater, 3600 Butch Cassidy, Reno, Nevada.

Clarification: The 211 (775-337-5800) Call Center will continue to answer inquiries, however they are not returning calls when it is safe to return home. The Emergency Operations Center opens at 7 a.m. Please monitor the local media and http://Reno.gov/CaughlinFire for more information.

Clarification: November 18, the City of Reno, Washoe County and State of Nevada declared a state of emergency allowing the state to obtain funds to fight the fire. The Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) funds are awarded federally only to obtain resources and equipment to fight the fire. The State of Nevada is now eligible to receive funding for firefighting assistance.

Washoe County Animal Control has taken in about 15 pets. Some of these pets may have been left at the evacuation center at Reno or Galena High School. Pets can be claimed today, Saturday, November19, at Animal Control (2825 Longley Lane) starting at 11 am. Call 322-3647 during that time to make arrangements as Animal Control is normally closed on Saturdays.

To volunteer, contact the Red Cross at 775-856-1000.

Food Donations, contact Salvation Army at 775-856-1000