Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Monday, July 12, 2021.
Listen to the morning news headlines for Monday, July 12, 2021.
Latest On Local Wildfires
By KUNR Staff
The Beckwourth Complex Fire has swelled to nearly 90,000 acres, with 23% containment as of this morning. The blaze, comprised of two separate lightning-caused fires, forced multiple evacuations over the weekend in Washoe, Lassen and Plumas counties.
The Doyle Fire Protection District reports that multiple homes have been lost in Doyle due to the fire. A spokesman for the incident command said there has been structure loss.
Attempts to assess damage are underway, but dangerous conditions have slowed those efforts.
Officials are urging residents to regularly check their local sheriff office’s Facebook pages for the latest and most up-to-date information on evacuations.
Elsewhere, the Garson Fire burned an estimated 150 acres near Boomtown in Verdi, before crews were able to stop forward progress Sunday. That fire has been deemed human-caused. Air and ground resources remain on scene.
Wildfires Sparking Across The West As Drought Persists
By Nate Hegyi, Mountain West News Bureau
The most recent U.S. drought monitor released Thursday is foreboding. For example, it showed that Montana only received about 25% of its normal precipitation in June.
One national forest there recently had more than 800 lightning strikes in a single day.
Prediction models from the National Interagency Fire Center show that forests and grasslands are losing moisture fast as heat waves continue to grip the region. Some areas in northwest Nevada and southern Idaho are breaking records for how quickly they are drying out.
Renown Health Terminates More Than 160 Employees
By Paul Boger
Renown Health announced the termination of 166 employees late last week. The organization