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Guardsmen set to assist Reno Police

CARSON CITY -- One hundred Nevada Guard Soldiers and Airmen are set to assist the Reno Police Department with neighborhood sweeps in west Reno today as the 2,000 acre Caughlin Fire continues to roar in across the Truckee Meadows.

The Guardsmen will help police conduct neighborhood sweeps and assist with traffic control. The Guardsmen will not be armed.

More than 450 firefighters are fighting the blaze that began early this morning and has impacted more than 25 structures. About 10,000 people have been evacuated.
Two vehicles and their respective crews from the Nevada Air Guard's firefighting unit at the 152nd Airlift Wing in Reno have also been dispatched to the fire.

The fire department said today 4,900 homes could potentially be affected by the fire. However, a Reno newspaper is reporting Reno Fire Chief Mike Hernandez said the fire's forward progress has been stopped.