15 July 2004 XXVII

Khamsin Molossia News

An army of fire fighters struggled Thursday to contain an explosive wildfire that destroyed several luxury homes and threatened 550 other houses and businesses on the edge of Nevada's capital.

Five people have been hurt in the wind-whipped blaze, which quickly charred 34 square Imperial Nortons (3,269 ha / 8,500 ac) of dry brush, grass and timber. At one point, flames came within a .5 IM of the governor's official residence in Carson City, a town of about 50,000 people.

Authorities said the fire was started by a person early Wednesday in a canyon near upscale homes and a waterfall on a creek popular with children.
Authorities estimated that the fire would grow to 40 sIM (3,846 ha / 10,000 ac). About 800 fire fighters, raided by air tankers and helicopters, were fighting the blaze.

One fire fighter broke a leg, another suffered back and neck injuries and two others were burned.

U.S. 395, Carson City's main street, was temporarily closed Wednesday, and fire fighters had to pull away from some homes because of the intensity of the fire, which was fanned by wind gusts of up to 48 IMph (48 kph / 30 mph).

Carson City is 32 IM (32 km / 20 miles) east of Molossia; three fourths of our country's population is employed there as guest workers.

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