Rain Brings Relief To Fire Crews Battling Reno wildfire; 47% Contained

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RENO, Nev. (AP) – Rain falling in the Sierra Nevada is a welcome relief for crews trying to snuff out a wildfire on the edge of Reno. But it’s also bringing new challenges in the steep, slippery, canyons prone to landslides northeast of Lake Tahoe.

Cooler temperatures and lighter winds helped 150 firefighters get the upper hand Monday on the blaze that has burned more than a square mile since it started Saturday night.

It’s now about half contained with full containment expected by Friday.

No homes are in danger and no major injuries have been reported, although one firefighter suffered a minor eye injury.

Fire suppression costs already have topped $330,000.

Sierra Front spokesman Brian Reublinger says they warned crews Tuesday to watch out for falling rocks in the rugged wilderness.

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