NV Firefighters Battle Two Wildfires

On Tuesday, July 9, firefighters were battling two wildfires in Nevada--the first southwest of Reno and the second near Las Vegas.

More than 750 firefighters, including 18 Hotshot crews, are combating a fire near Las Vegas, named Carpenter 1. Carpenter 1 was deemed a top priority nationwide and covers a 24-square-mile area. It prompted the Clark County (NV) Department of Air Quality to issue a health advisory and required hundreds of people to be evacuated from their homes.

It is unclear how the Carpenter 1 Fire started but it is certain salt cedar trees along the San Pedro River bed fueled the fire, which burned a home and two other structures. Firefighters had to endure temperatures above 100 degrees, but possible thunderstorms and showers in the forecast could help firefighters.

More than 700 firefighters endured winds, low humidity, and challenging terrain in the fire near Reno that doubled in size on Monday, July 8. Tinder-dry brush, dead trees, and pinion-juniper forests helped the fire spread. By Monday afternoon the fire was estimated to cover 17,500 acres, or more than 27 square miles.

The fire caused road closures in surrounding areas and burned several old structures, but no homes were destroyed. The fire began on July 4, and was still burning on Sunday, July 7, when strong winds hit.

Firefighters are expected to spend a week on both fires.

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Citizens should be aware if their community is at risk of wildfires, but destruction is not inevitable. Fore wildfire prevention tips, visit Tips for Homeowners to Prepare Homes During Wildfire Season, Rural Homeowners Ramp-Up Home Fire Protection this Wildfire Season, and Firewise Communities Participate in First CO Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service.

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