As Tropical Storm Barry continued its torrential rains over parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and other Southern states, a wildfire raged near Reno, a city in the northwest section of Nevada.
Nevada state emergency officials said they are continuing to battle a wildfire that has threatened about 100 homes near Reno over the last weekend.
Officials said two men who were target shooting sparked the blaze that spun out of control Saturday afternoon.
Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam said 23-year-old Alex Arias and 22-year-old Jorge Arias had both been detained after being questioned by local police.
Both men were taken into custody and they “are being charged with destruction of property caused by gross negligence,” said Balaam.
The fire blazed through cheatgrass and sagebrush, growing to about 1.25 square miles on Saturday.
By late Sunday morning, the blaze was 30 percent contained, according to reports from the local newspaper—the Reno Gazette-Journal.
The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District said the fire continued to spread to about 1.8 square miles.
Local officials were saying that firefighters were worried because of a forecast of high temperatures and gusty winds.
Truckee Meadows Fire Chief Charles Moore said, “We’ve through code red and reverse 911” and “We’ve let people in this general area know that they need to be vigilant and be ready to go at a moment’s notice.”
Moore said that officials from the local Sheriff’s Department had gone door-to-door knocking and attempted to evacuate those people who are closer to the fire.