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Ray May Fire

For those of you who drove up US-395 to get to Reno and wondered what the huge column of grey smoke was, it's the "Ray May" fire. The plume of smoke from the fire is visible from my room at the Peppermill.

You can read about it in the local paper (http://www.rgj.com)


9 p.m. update: Sierra Front has provided updated numbers on resources fighting the 2,730-acre Ray May wildfire in Douglas County.

They include:
o 414 personnel.
o 5 air tankers
o 6 helicopters
o 12 hand crews
o 15 engines
0 2 dozers
o 2 water tenders
o fire started 7 miles southeast of Gardnerville, near China Springs

Summary story:
It could take close to a week to control a fast-moving wildfire in Douglas County authorities say was started by two teenagers who lit an illegal campfire at a makeshift fort.

By late Wednesday the Ray May Fire had charred an estimated 2,730 acres with officials offering no estimate for full containment.

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