RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Washoe County Manager Katy Simon has declared an official emergency for Washoe County as a wildfire burns in the northern Washoe Valley area.
At approximately 1pm on Thursday, January 19, a swift moving brush fire, fueled by heavy fuels and high winds, began burning in North Washoe Valley, prompting evacuation requests in the old Washoe City area, Pleasant Valley, and Saint James Village areas.
At 3pm, in response to the severity of the fire, County Manager Katy Simon declared a state of emergency for Washoe County. The declaration allows the County to apply for reimbursement for costs related to the fire and request additional resources as appropriate.
For official information regarding the fire, citizens are encouraged to visit www.washoecounty.us and follow @washoesheriff and @washoecounty, and @cityofreno on Twitter for the latest official information.
A press conference is being scheduled for 5pm at Galena High School.