On Your Side: Forest Service, Washoe County work on communication after Hunter Falls Fire

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Updated: 6/17 4:43 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- As the Hunter Falls fire burned out of control in May, Washoe County's RAVEN helicopter was not called in to help fight the fire. Even when it was offered, the dispatch records indicated that the forest service declined the offer.

In the wake of News 4's On Your Side report, changes are in place. The U.S. Forest Service and Washoe County Sheriff's Office met last week to discuss communication issues. The Forest Service said a miscommunication may have been to blame.

From that meeting, both sides have agreed that the decision on whether to use the RAVEN helicopter will be based on what the closest resource is, and what the appropriate resource is to meet incident objectives. Sheriff's officials say the RAVEN helicopter is a valuable firefighting tool and can make a big difference, especially during the initial attack phase of a fire.

The Hunter Falls fire ended up burning more than 700 acres in the hills west of Reno.
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