For Immediate Release
Reno, Nevada. August 21, 2013. The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) is battling a nearly 80 acre brush fire that started earlier this afternoon, possibly sparked by lightning and is being driven by erratic winds.
The Cinch Fire started just after 2:30 p.m. in the area of Red Rock Road in the Rancho Haven area north of Reno near the California state line.
Two structures were threatened shortly after the fire broke out, but TMFPD Chief Charles Moore says a wind shift helped change the direction. "The fire shifted up the hill and is now burning away from the structures and is heading into an area that has previously been burned by a wildfire. We have called for a bulldozer to help cut a ridge in the fire area which should help with containment."
TMFPD is working with multiple agencies to battle the blaze including: Bureau of Land Management, Washoe County Sheriff's Office and Raven, air resources from the US Forest Service, and the Red Rock Volunteer Fire Department.