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The Pinehaven Fire started Tuesday afternoon on Nov. 17, 2020 amid a severe wind storm.

Reno Gazette Journal

RENO, Nev. – A fast-moving wildfire driven by strong winds destroyed or damaged about 20 homes in a Reno neighborhood and forced the evacuation of hundreds more on the edge of the Sierra Nevada foothills, authorities said Wednesday. It was one of several blazes burning near the Nevada-California border.

Preliminary information indicated that five homes were destroyed and that 15 were damaged in the fire, said Battalion Chief Mark Winkelman of the Reno Fire Department.

The blaze, called the Pinehaven Fire, started Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters battle the Pinehaven Fire in the Caughlin Ranch area of Reno on Nov. 17, 2020. (Photo: JASON BEAN)

As many as 500 homes were threatened by the blaze that grew to more