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Fire Official: Arcing Power Lines Caused Big Reno Brush Fire

RENO, Nev. (AP) — 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.

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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.