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Wildfires in three states leave one dead and destroy thousands of acres

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

RENO, NV - NOVEMBER 17: Wildfire flames engulf the vegetation surrounding residential neighborhoods on November 17, 2020 in Reno, Nevada. The Pinehaven Fire has burned at least 1500 acres, destroyed multiple structures and is threatening hundreds more. (Photo by Trevor Bexon/Getty Images)

Wildfires have scorched more than 8.7 million acres across the country this year, but the season is still not over. Right now, there are three new wildfires burning in the West: the Mountain View Fire, the Pinehaven Fire and one in Bear Creek Park.

(CNN)Wildfires have scorched more than 8. 7 million acres across the country this year, but the season is still not over.

Right now, there are three new wildfires burning in the West: the Mountain View Fire, the Pinehaven Fire and one in Bear Creek Park.

A 20,000-acre wildfire burning along the California-Nevada border has left one person dead.

The wildfire south of Lake Tahoe has destroyed dozens of homes, according to the Mono County Sheriff.

At least 80 homes in the town of Walker, California, have been leveled by the wildfire and about 400 residents are still under evacuation orders.

Firefighters say about 20% of the blaze is contained and rain in the area has helped to put out the flames.

Firefighters have contained 50 percent of a fire burning dangerously close to homes on Thursday.

Firefighters could be seen rushing with water hoses to contain the blaze as it came dangerously close to the home.

Colorado Springs Fire Chief Ted Collas lavished praise on all the firefighters who potentially saved hundreds of homes, according to KKTV.

Wildfire grows to 1,200 acres within hours

A wildfire that started Tuesday near Reno, Nevada, quickly grew to 1,200 acres, according to the local fire department.

"We have multiple structures that have burned" in the Pinehaven Fire, Reno Fire Chief Dave Cochran told reporters.

"We have approximately 500 homes threatened," Cochran said.

Reno will be getting help from more than a dozen strike teams in the region, but Cochran says it's not clear whether they will be able to fight the wildfire from the air.

A fire in the same area nine years ago made dozens of homes uninhabitable, and Cochran says the Pinehaven Fire could be just as serious.

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