November fire in Reno started by arcing power lines, investigators say

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FILE – In this Nov. 17, 2020, file photo, people try to protect their homes during the Pinehaven Fire in the Caughlin Ranch area of Reno, Nev. Fire investigators say arcing power lines in gale force winds started a brush fire that destroyed five homes and damaged two dozen others in a south Reno neighborhood in the foothills along the Sierra in November. Reno Fire Marshal Tray Palmer said Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, they investigated but ruled out the possibility the Pinehaven Fire in Caughlin Ranch was caused by a campfire, target shooters or off-road enthusiasts on motorcycles or ATVs. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)

RENO — Fire investigators say arcing power lines in gale force winds started a brush fire that destroyed five homes and damaged two dozen others in a south Reno neighborhood along the Sierra foothills in November.

Reno Fire Marshal Tray Palmer says they investigated but ruled out the possibility the fire was caused by a campfire, target shooters, motorcycles or ATVs.

Palmer says they found no evidence of any negligence on the part of the utility, NV Energy. He says there were no signs of any maintenance issues with the lines.

NV Energy maintains the blaze was started by a campfire that escaped in high winds.

FILE – In this Nov. 17, 2020, file photo, wooden steps burn after wildfires destroyed several homes in Reno. (AP Photo/Lance Iversen, File)

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