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Cleanups Mark Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week
Cleanups Mark Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week

The first week of May marks Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week throughout the state and cleanup activities are planned in conjunction.

The Clark County Fire Department is partnering with local, federal and state agencies to support the effort. Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week is held each year to build awareness about the potential for wildfires during the spring and summer months when vegetation is driest.

"It’s important to remember that we all have a role to play in reducing the threat of wildfires in our community," Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington said."“Our hot, dry and often windy environment can provide a lot of fuel for wildland fires to spread and threaten homes and property both in the Las Vegas Valley and forest areas like Mount Charleston."

Fire officials recommend the following actions to reduce the threat of wildfires:

  • Clear vegetation and debris around your home to limit the potential amount of fire fuel.
  • Properly soak and dispose of cigarette butts, charcoal briquettes and similar materials that can start fires.
  • Adhere to posted fire restrictions in U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management areas in Southern Nevada, including Red Rock and Mount Charleston.
  • Equip all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and similar vehicles with spark arrestors.
  • Use fireworks labeled with a “safe and sane” seal only from June 28 until July 4 when fireworks are legal under Clark County code. Legal fireworks include sparklers and fireworks that keep to a small, circular area on the ground and don’t explode in the air. Illegal fireworks include firecrackers, roman candles, sky rockets – any item with highly combustible materials.
  • If you are warned that a wildland fire is threatening your area, listen to your battery-operated radio for reports and evacuation information. Follow the instructions of local officials.

For more information about wildfire safety, visit Nevada’s multi-agency “Living With Fire” website at www.livingwithfire.info.

As part of Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week, the Nevada Fire Safe Council and various chapters have organized several events in rural areas to encourage residents to clean out hazardous brush and debris from areas around their homes. For information about the events, contact Kim Otero at 496-4114 or kim@nvfsc.org. Activities include:

  • Mount Charleston/Kyle Canyon Community Curbside Chipping – Monday, May 2-Tuesday, May 3, Location: Kyle Canyon. All Kyle Canyon area residents are urged to clear up branches and limbs knocked down by winter storms and haul them to the curb. Curbside chipping will be available 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on designated days.
  • Logandale Volunteer Fire Station Open House – Friday, May 6, 4:30-7:30 p.m.  Location: Clark County Logandale Fire Station #73, 3570 Lyman St. in Logandale/Overton.  The community is invited to meet fire professionals and view equipment used to help protect against wildfire. Participating agencies include: Mercy Air Helicopter, BLM Wildland Fire Engine, National Park Service, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept., Partners in Conservation and the Clark County Fire Department.  The open house will include two fundraisers. Toys for a children’s toy raffle are being donated by Operation Fire Heat. Meadow Gold Dairy is donating ice cream and Lins is donating root beer for a root beer float fundraiser. Money raised from the sales goes toward volunteer efforts within the department, including training opportunities, uniforms and assistance to local families displaced by fires.
  • Mountain Springs Community Cleanup Day and BBQ – Saturday, May 7, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Mountain Springs Fire Station near mile marker 21 on State Route 160.
  • Cold Creek Community Cleanup and Potluck – Saturday, May 7, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Location: Cold Creek Fire Station, on Camp Bonanza Road in Cold Creek west of Lee Canyon.