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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Image makeover needed: In the soon-to-be-released grand jury report, the jurors said the county’s Alcohol and Drug and Mental Health departments are suffering from a poor public image.
  • Help at the jail: The Board of Supervisors approved the sheriff’s request to hire four corrections officers, but not before reminding him the county is facing a $3 million budget problem.
  • Water disaster?: The state has already enacted emergency conservation measures. The county is thinking about declaring a local disaster as well.

Wind driven wildfire destroys 32 Reno homes

Feather Publishing
11/18/2011

The Associated Press is reporting a wind-whipped wildfire in Reno has destroyed 32 homes, injured several people and forced evacuations.

Reno Fire Chief tells the Reno Gazette-Journal that the 400-acre blaze is burning in steep canyons and deep ravines, and "is not going to be out any time soon."

Ninety schools were closed to clear the roads of school traffic and make way for emergency workers. About 125 crew members are fighting the fire.

Two high schools are being used as shelters for hundreds of families who fled their homes after the fire started overnight.

Authorities say one person suffered a cardiac arrest and several others suffered smoke inhalation.

High winds are expected until about midnight, with no rain or snow in the forecast.

Firefighters don't know what caused it.


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