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4,000 evacuated as brush fire burns toward Reno

More than 4,000 evacuated as wind-driven wildfire burns out of control south of Reno, Nev. By The Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) ' Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez says more than 4,000 people have been evacuated and hundreds of firefighters remain "in the thick of battle" as a wind-driven wildfire burns across thousands of acres toward the city's southern border.

Hernandez says more than 230 firefighters are battling the blaze that had grown to nearly 5 square miles by 5 p.m. Thursday.

Hernandez confirmed homes had been destroyed. He said he didn't know how many but told reporters "the news is not good."

A Reno television station reported at least 10 homes had burned since the fire broke out about 12:45 p.m. along U.S. Highway 395 about 10 miles south of Reno.

Hernandez estimated firefighters had saved about 1,000 structures. He says another 80 to 120 firefighters are expected to arrive on scene before midnight.

Gov. Brian Sandoval has declared a state of emergency.

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