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Rain could help slow down spread of massive wildfire

Joyce Lupiani

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Rain could help slow down spread of massive wildfire

CREATED Jul. 11, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The devastating wildfire on Mount Charleston has not slowed down yet but there might be some good news this morning.

It is currently raining on the Spring Mountains and that could help in the battle against the massive wildfire.

The rain would not extinguish the fire but it could definitely help slow it down.

According to fire officials, 27,968 acres have now burned. The fire also destroyed six structures at Prospect Springs Ranch, just south of Kyle Canyon.

The fire is now creeping towards Red Rock Canyon but is still a few miles away.

More than 1,200 people are working on the wildfire and the cost to contain the fire has grown to $10 million.

As of Thursday morning, the fire is still only 15 percent contained.

Although the possibility of heavy rain is good news for the spread of the current fire, it could cause other problems.

Mudslides. If the rain is heavy enough, it could trigger mudslides in the areas that have been burned and stripped of vegetation. And those mudslides could pose a problem for the fire crews who are battling the blaze.

In addition, lightning could hamper firefighting efforts or place firefighters in danger and could also spark additional fires.

Two firefighters have received minor injuries so far while battling the blaze.

Any rain today though should definitely help with the air quality issue.

At this time, the Las Vegas Valley is still under a air quality alert.

If residents have any sort of respiratory problem,  doctors recommend staying indoors or limiting any activity outside.

The alert was originally scheduled to end today.

If significant rain is received in the valley today, that should help with the air pollution levels.

According to meteorologist Mike Tsolinas, a flash flood watch has been issued for the Spring Mountains from 8 a.m. until tonight.

Shower and thunderstorms have been occurring over the mountains since early this morning with some lightning.

There is a good chance that more showers and thunderstorms will continue in the Spring Mountains throughout the day and Friday.

Another public meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. tonight at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitors Center.

 

 

 

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