Bird nesting on power pole to blame for Berry Fire in Washoe Valley


    Brush fire near Washoe Valley (Photo Courtesy Bryan Bales)<p>{/p}

    A large bird nesting on a power pole is to blame for two small fires that broke out on the west side of Washoe Valley on Friday afternoon.

    According to the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, the bird took flight and shorted an electrical line, the short caused a secondary short on the power pole causing two separate fires.

    The Berry Fire, that broke near Service Berry Road on August 17, is 100 percent contained at 12.3 acres as of Saturday evening.

    Late Friday afternoon, evacuations were in place for High Camp Court off Franktown to Old U.S. 395 and List Country Road.

    Fire officials say one outbuilding was destroyed as a result of the fire.


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