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Wildland Firefighting: 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 abo...

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