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26 homes lost in Reno fire and 2,000 evacuated

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The ruins of a home in Pleasant Valley, south of Reno, Nev. smolders as firefighters battle a wind-driven brush fire on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison) The ruins of a home in Pleasant Valley, south of Reno, Nev. smolders as firefighters battle a wind-driven brush fire on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Residents near a wildfire that has destroyed 26 homes and torched thousands of acres outside Reno are facing a new threat as crews get a grip on the flames Friday.

Fire officials say a storm expected to bring high winds and a burst of rain and snow could cause flash flooding on the charred land.

Emergency crews, meanwhile, are escorting some evacuees in two separate burn areas to see their houses. At the height of the blaze which ignited Thursday, as many as 10,000 people were forced from their homes. About 2,000 of them remained under evacuation orders on Friday.

Three schools were closed Friday and about 200 customers are without electricity.

Firefighters are taking advantage of a break in the weather Friday to make more progress against the fire. At least 700 people, including firefighters from California, are expected to fight the flames.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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