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State of Emergency declared in Douglas County in response to Tamarack Fire

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KLAS) — Earlier this week, the Tamarack Fire — which originated in California — crossed the state line into Nevada. Now, Governor Steve Sisolak is declaring a State of Emergency in Douglas County in response to the wildfire.

So far, the wildfire has burned more than 50,000 acres across the two states, destroying multiple structures. The fire is now threatening more than 2,700 homes in Douglas County.

“Now, more than ever we must stand united and use all our available resources to combat this growing threat in order to help our fellow Nevadans receive the aid they need,” said Governor Sisolak.

CLICK HERE to get the latest information on the Tamarack Fire. ... Read More

I-Team: Man accused of robbing same Las Vegas store 4 times

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A man behind a series of robberies at the same convenience store – involving a gun, a razor and a broken bottle -- is in custody, police said.

Bradley Smith, 21, is accused of robbing the Circle K at 2885 S. Decatur Blvd. four times between June 17 and July 3, police wrote in an arrest report. The store is near the intersection of Decatur Boulevard and Edna Avenue.

According to an arrest report, Metro investigators dubbed the series the “No Bull” case due to the suspect’s nonchalant attitude.

In the first case, a man, later identified as Smith, came into the store around 4:30 a.m. with another man. Smith is accused of walking behind the counter and telling the clerk, “Come here and give me all the money now,” while showing a gun, according to the report.

The clerk later told police the two men were frequent customers of the store. Video surveillance showed the men in the store just hours earlier... Read More

Second Nevada death row inmate challenges execution method

LAS VEGAS — A second condemned killer is asking a federal judge in Las Vegas to add him to legal challenges being made to the never-before-used method that Nevada prison officials want to employ for their first lethal injection in 15 years.

Attorneys for Zane Floyd told a judge Friday they want to add Joseph Weldon Smith to a challenge of an execution plan one lawyer dubbed a venture into the unknown.

Smith was convicted for the 1990 murders of his wife and his two step-daughters. The murders occurred in Green Valley.

Floyd was convicted of killing four people and injured another at an Albertson's supermarket in Las Vegas on June 3, 1999.

Separately, the head of the nonprofit Death Penalty Information Center termed the Nevada plan for a mix of four drugs "human experimentation."

The judge has stayed any execution until at least Oct. 18... Read More

NEW: Nevada reports 20 deaths, more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases

Below is the full COVID-19 report for Thursday, July 22

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada reports 1,003 new COVID-19 cases -- 881 in Clark County -- and the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 is now over 1,000 in data released on Friday.

The state's test positivity rate is now at 12.8% up from 12.7% -- and following Clark County's steadily increasing rate of 14.1%.

Nevada reported 20 deaths, with 17 of those coming from Clark County.

Hospitalizations increased by 30, and are now at 1,001 statewide. Reporting from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services shows that 913 of those cases are confirmed, and 88 cases are suspected COVID-19 cases... Read More

White House lists Nevada as 'high transmission state' for COVID-19, Las Vegas an 'area of concern'

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County and Nevada remain places with high COVID-19 transmission and on the White House’s list of “areas of concern,” according to an updated report released Friday morning.

The Community Profile Report labels Clark County as an "area of concern" and a "sustained hot spot" for coronavirus transmission. Nevada is now labeled as a "high transmission state."

The White House releases the reports on Tuesdays and Fridays. In previous reports, the White House COVID- 19 Team listed specific metropolitan areas. That was not included in Friday’s report.

Since last week, cases in Nevada have risen 23%. The state positivity rate grew 0.4% since last week and hospital admissions rose 7%, according to the report... Read More

County releases FAQ to help guide businesses through mask mandate requirements

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The mask mandate that went into effect on Thursday in Clark County has obviously raised some questions and the county has responded by compiling a list of answers to frequently asked questions in hopes of clearing up any confusion.

Along with the mask mandate, county commissioners issued an amendment that included some rules requiring employers to post signage encouraging both vaccinated and unvaccinated people to wear masks indoors.

It also states that certain businesses must complete a survey by July 26 if they plan to host a gathering of 250 people or more who are not employees.

Here is a list of the Frequently Asked Questions:

Where do the new rules apply?
All indoor businesses in Clark County, including businesses in all municipalities located therein... Read More

UPDATE: Embers ignite new fire near Topaz Lake; evacuations ordered in Douglas County

Blowing embers ignited a new spot fire Thursday afternoon as the Tamarack Fire south of Lake Tahoe continues to burn, growing an additional 12 square miles from Thursday to Friday.

The fire jumped the highway north of Topaz Lake on the California-Nevada line, prompting a new evacuation order at Topaz Lake Estates and neighboring areas.

The fire was less than a mile from the estates, a community of around 1,200 people in Douglas County, Nevada. The area is about 70 miles south of Reno. All residents were asked to evacuate to Smith Valley High School, about 18 miles to the east.

The new blaze has already had burned nearly 4 square miles.

The Tamarack Fire has burned more than 78 square miles of timber and head-high chaparral in national forest land. It erupted July 4 and was one of nearly two dozen blazes sparked by lightning strikes. It is currently 4% contained... Read More