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Nevada Fire Marshal: Smart Meters Not Causing Fires

Nevada Fire Marshal Peter Mulvihill says after reviewing 11 fires at homes with NV Energy's smart meters that the meters did not start the fires. He concluded in a report issued this week that the meters pose no "statewide fire problem" but recommends that local fire chiefs monitor the situation in their areas.

Mulvihill told the Reno Gazette-Journal he was largely satisfied by NV Energy's response to the fires, all  in the Reno-Sparks area. He noted that city investigators could not conclusively state that meters started any of the blazes.  Most caused very little damage, although a woman died because of a fire in July.
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Jay Bartos joined Nevada Public Radio in 1993 to develop and manage the state’s first radio reading service for people unable to use standard printed material due to blindness or another disability. After the reading service was discontinued in 2011, he became the afternoon host on KNPR for ten years. Jay can now be heard on air on News 88.9 KNPR and Classical 89.7 KCNV throughout the week.