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10,000 evacuated as brush fire burns toward Reno

10,000 evacuated as wind-driven wildfire burns out of control south of Reno, Nev. By The Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) ' About 10,000 people are evacuating their homes after wind gusts up to 82 mph pushed a fast-moving fire brush south of Reno, Nev., out of control.

The fire that started Thursday has burned several homes and threatened dozens more, but there have been no reports of injuries.

Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez says more than 230 firefighters are battling the blaze. It has grown to nearly 5 square miles within hours.

The winds died down after nightfall and rain started falling, much to the delight of fire crews.

Hernandez says the fire is "almost a carbon copy" of one that destroyed 30 homes on Reno's southwest side in November.

The Reno area had gone a winter-record 56 days without any precipitation until light snow fell earlier this week.

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