26 Homes Destroyed in Reno Fire

    A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper drives past a fast-moving brush fire burns in Pleasant Valley, south of Reno, Nev., on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. Winds gusting up to 82 mph pushed a fast-moving brush fire through a valley south of Reno on Thursday, burning several homes, threatening dozens more and forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate their neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)

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    A raging fire that broke out in Reno, Nevada on Thursday has so far destroyed 26 homes and torched roughly 3,900 acres, officials said on Friday, confirming that the fire was only 50 percent contained. More than 10,000 people had to evacuate their homes on Thursday as upwards of 320 firefighters worked to contain the flames. The blaze has been fueled by heavy wind gusts and dry conditions, as the region had gone a record 56 days without precipitation before a snowfall early in the week.

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