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Reno wildfire consumes more than 20 homes, with more high winds expected

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A 400-acre brush fire burns in south Reno, Nev. on Nov. 18, 2011. The fire has claimed at least one life, injured several others, destroyed dozens of homes and blanketed Reno and its suburban enclaves in a fiery curtain as violent winds sidelined firefighters and rescue helicopters.

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A Reno firefighter tries to save an outbuilding as a house burns on Friday near Reno.

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Residents watch a fire, near homes along Manzanita Lane near Broken Arrow, spread in Reno, Nev. on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. Nevada firefighters are battling a wind-whipped wildfire that has already burned several homes and caused several injuries. Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez says fire crews are having a tough time "getting ahead of" the 400-acre blaze. He also says flames broke off into two areas in Caughlin Ranch. Hernandez says about a dozen homes have burned.

Nevada has declared a state of emergency as a wildfire in Reno has taken over 400-acres, destroyed over 20 homes and caused the evacuation of thousands.

NBC News and msnbc.com reports:

"It's tough man, it's tough," Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez told the Reno Gazette-Journal on Friday. "The winds are not helping us at all."

High winds are expected until about midnight. Winds were forecast out of the southwest at 20-35 mph with gusts up to 65 mph, the National Weather Service said. Downslope gusts up to 80 mph were possible in the foothills.

For the complete story: Reno declares state of emergency as wildfire blazes

A major wildfire in Reno, Nev., has burned at least 20 structures and has caused the closure of nearly 100 schools. Msnbc's Craig Melvin reports.