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Overnight Flurries Help Firefighters Battle Reno Blaze

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(RENO, Nev.) -- Overnight snowfall helped extinguish the last of the "hotspots" in an upscale neighborhood of Reno, Nev., on Friday.

Nearly 10,000 people were forced to evacuate in the Reno area because of a sudden wildfire that spread over thousands of acres. The fire destroyed two dozen homes, and an elderly man died of a heart attack.

Gov. Brian Sandoval and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have declared the fire a major disaster on Friday.

"The people are in a state of shock and are hanging in there," said Sandoval.

Chilly temperatures, calmer winds and snow flurries have increased hopes that the fire will be totally contained over the weekend.

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