Victory declared over Verdi wildfire |

Victory declared over Verdi wildfire

RENO, Nev. (AP) ” Officials declared victory Sunday over a wildfire that just missed hitting two upscale subdivisions in the Sierra foothills west of Reno.

The brush fire that had threatened about 50 homes in the Somersett and Del Webb developments was fully contained at noon after blackening more than 10 square miles, or 6,651 acres, fire information officer Mark Struble said.

“It could have been a lot worse,” Struble said. “If the wind had been more out of the northwest, there could have been more flaming among the houses.”

No houses were damaged, but flames came within 100 feet of some homes Friday.

The blaze damaged a barn, fences and 10 utility poles.

Flames came perilously close to Doug Bothun’s house.

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“It was pretty scary,” he told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “There was a wall of fire 15 feet high. The firefighters showed up just in time.”

High winds fanned flames quickly after the fire broke out Friday near the small community of Verdi just east of the California line. About 800 homes are in the area.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation. Some residents reported seeing campers near the fire’s origin.

More than 400 firefighters battled the blaze, and many were being released Sunday to fight other fires across the West.