Las Vegas Valley bracing for potentially rough fire season
As wildfires continue to burn through Southern California, Southern Nevada is also bracing itself for a potentially rough fire season.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- As wildfires continue to burn through Southern California, Southern Nevada is also bracing itself for a potentially rough fire season.
Within the past week, two small wildfires already sparked up to the north and to the west of Las Vegas.
On May 11, fire restrictions will go into place on federal lands throughout the Silver State.
"We're going into fire restrictions a little bit earlier than average," said Ray Johnson with the U.S. Forest Service in Las Vegas.
Johnson told Action News land conditions this year are significantly dryer than they were last year, and winter snowfall on Mt. Charleston wasn't quite as generous as usual.
When fire restrictions kick-in over the next week, no wood or charcoal fires will be allowed at Mt. Charleston, except in the developed recreational areas.
Fireworks will be strictly prohibited.
Johnson encouraged everyone to avoid tossing cigarette butts on the ground, and to be mindful of where they park their vehicles.
"Catalytic converters can easily start fires in grassy places where drivers pull off," said Johnson.