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Wildfire 50 percent contained after burning 26 homes near Reno

Max Whittaker / Reuters

Sierra Fire Protection District Captain Jay Cwiak (C) and firefighter Vince Pilcher (R) mop up hot spots just south of Reno on Friday. A wind-driven fire that raged through parched brush near Reno, Nevada, engulfing at least 20 homes and forcing residents and livestock to flee by the thousands, was 50 percent contained on Friday morning, officials said.

The full story on msnbc.com reports that the fire resembles a previous blaze in the area:

The blaze was "almost a carbon copy" of a huge wild fire that destroyed 30 homes in southwest Reno in November, the fire chief said. It also forced the evacuation of 10,000 people.

"It's inconceivable that this community has been struck by tragedy again," said Gov. Brian Sandoval, who declared a state of emergency Thursday.

Cathleen Allison / AP

The ruins of a home in Pleasant Valley, south of Reno, Nev., are seen on Friday. The blaze started shortly after noon Thursday and, fueled by wind gusts reaching 82 mph, mushroomed to more than 6 square miles before firefighters stopped its surge toward Reno.

Cathleen Allison / AP

Crews work to restore power after a wind-driven brush fire raced through Pleasant Valley, south of Reno.

See previous coverage of this wildfire on PhotoBlog.