Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 11/18/2011

Reno fire claims one life, dozens of homes (Photo)

Fire whipped through Reno, Nev. early in the morning hours on Friday. Over 400 acres were enflamed, 20 houses were ruined and one man, racing to escape the fire died of a heart attack.
A tree burns in the ravine along Manzanita Lane near Broken Arrow in Reno. (Liz Margerum - AP)

According to the Reno Gazette Journal (which has a deeply reported live blog started at 1 a.m. Friday morning) reports the fire quickly spread thanks to a forceful wind that pushed burning embers miles past the fire line. Firefighters raced to alert people to evacuate their homes and struggled to contain the fire. At present, more than 4,900 homes are currently threatened and 10,000 people have evacuated.

Read more on the Reno fire here.

Emergency personnel respond to a wildfire in Reno, Nev. Friday. (Tim Dunn/AP)

Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez sayfire crews are having a tough time "getting ahead of" the 400-acre blaze. (Tim Dunn - AP)

Flames surround homes in the Manzanita development of Reno. (Tim Dunn - AP)

Residents watch a fire spread in Reno, Nev. Friday. (Liz Margerum - AP)

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