Officials say 32 homes destroyed in Reno fire

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Posted: Nov 19, 2011 5:32 PM
Officials say 32 homes destroyed in Reno fire

The estimated number of homes destroyed in a wind-fueled wildfire has more than doubled to a total of 32, but Gov. Brian Sandoval says it's a miracle scores more weren't lost.

Reno Fire Chief Mike Hernandez said a re-evaluation of the 2,000-acre burn on Saturday found much more destruction and damage than initially reported.

The blaze spread by gale-force winds and ripped through the Sierra foothills early Friday, forcing the evacuation of nearly 10,000 people. Most started returning to their homes Saturday afternoon.

The governor said after a helicopter tour of the area that while the loss of homes was a tragedy, the 400 firefighters on the lines are heroes for saving more than 4,000 houses that could have burned.