Jun 30, 2020
Winds Decrease as Crews Battle Mountain Wildfire Near Vegas
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MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev. (AP) — A decrease in gusty winds, cool overnight temperatures and the ability to use aircraft to douse flames helped efforts to battle a wildfire in the rugged mountains near Las Vegas, a fire official said Monday.
It could take several days to contain the fire that prompted evacuation advisories, road closures and power outages after it started Sunday amid pinon pine and juniper on Mount Charleston, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Ray Johnson said.
Winds charted at up to 60 mph (96.5 kph) helped flames race across about 4.75 square miles (12.3 square kilometers) of area, but no injuries were reported and no homes were damaged in Lee and Kyle canyon hamlets home to several hundred residents and weekend visitors.
Johnson said the fire was probably sparked by humans near the Mahogany Grove Campground, but said an exact cause was being investigated.
The blaze prompted memories of the massive Carpenter 1 wildfire that burned for several weeks on Mount Charleston in 2013, charring nearly 44 square miles (114 square kilometers) and blanketing he Las Vegas area with smoke during the Independence Day holiday.
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Cooling Summer Marine Layer Aiding Firefighters; Crews Fire Containment Grows to 60 Percent
GILROY (CBS SF) — A thick layer of cool, foggy coastal weather aided the hundreds of firefighers battling the Crews Fire near Gilroy in in halting the wildfire’s advance and increasing containment to 60 percent overnight.
Cal Fire said the acerage remains at 5,400 acres but that containment had grown to 60 percent.
“Crews worked overnight building new containment lines,” fire officials said in a press release Wednesday morning. “Mop and removal of hazard trees will continue where control lines have been completed. Challenging terrain has the potential to create additional fire growth. Deep marine layers in the morning and the overnight will provide favorable firefighting conditions.”
The foggy conditions will not linger long Wednesday morning so the air battle against the fire can continue.
The fire was initially reported at 1:52 p.m. Sunday near Crews Road and Sunlit Oaks Court, prompting evacuations from state Highway 152
north to Gilroy Hot Springs and southeast to Prunedale Avenue.
Those evacuations remain in place, but an evacuation center set up at the Gilroy Senior Center has been closed. Fire officials said evacuees who need housing assistance as a result of the blaze to call the American Red Cross at (866) 272-2237.
No injuries have been reported to firefighters or civilians as a result of the fire.