The Clark County Commission has recognized May through October as wildfire awareness season calling on all residents to work together to prevent wildfires and protect property from the threat of wildfire.
“The threat of wildfires and the damage and poor air quality they cause have become a year-round concern in southern Nevada, especially pronounced in the spring and summer when vegetation is thinner. drier,” said Clark County Commissioner Ross Miller, whose Commission District C in the northwest Las Vegas Valley includes Mount Charleston and its neighboring communities. “We remind the public to be careful when engaging in outdoor recreation and to do their part to limit all activities that could cause fires or make a fire worse if started.”
The Clark County Fire Department and the Mount Charleston and Moapa Valley Fire Districts are partnering with other local, state and federal agencies across the state of Nevada to support the awareness campaign to Nevada Wildfires 2022: Battle Born. Ready for wildfires. Several communities in Clark County are at risk of wildfires, including Kyle Canyon, Lee Canyon and Cold Creek in Mount Charleston, Mountain Springs, Trout Canyon, Nelson, Cactus Springs, Goodsprings, Moapa, Sandy Valley and Searchlight. One of the worst natural disasters in county history occurred on July 1, 2013, when a lightning strike ignited the massive Carpenter 1 Fire in Mount Charleston. The fire consumed nearly 28,000 acres of forest, destroyed six structures and moved dangerously close to homes. The public is encouraged to learn more about wildfire prevention through www.LivingWithFire.info. Here are some tips to reduce the threat of wildfires:
- Clear dead vegetation (trees, grass, leaves, etc.) around your home to limit potential combustibles.
- Soak and properly dispose of cigarette butts, charcoal briquettes, and any material that could start a fire.
- Obey posted fire restrictions in National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Bureau of Land Management areas in southern Nevada, including Red Rock, Mount Charleston, and Lake Mead.
- Follow the fireworks rules. No fireworks of any type are allowed on public lands – not even those labeled “safe and sane”. During the July 4 holiday, from June 28 through July 4 each year, local jurisdictions permit the sale of “safe and healthy” fireworks by nonprofit groups at licensed and inspected neighborhood stands. “Safe and healthy” fireworks include sparklers and fireworks that remain in a small circular area on the ground and do not explode in mid-air. Illegal fireworks include firecrackers, Roman candles, sky rockets – any item containing highly combustible materials. To learn more, visit the “You Light It, We Write It” inter-agency campaign website at www.YouLightItWeWriteIt.Vegas.
- Equip all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and similar vehicles with spark arresters.
- Remember that roofs constructed from fire-resistant materials such as tile, metal, or asphalt can significantly increase your home’s survivability, while wood shingle roofs are more combustible.
- If you’re warned that a wildfire is threatening your area, listen to your battery-powered radio for reports and evacuation information. Follow the instructions of local authorities.
- Learn about Clark County’s efforts to combat the impacts of climate change and promote sustainability at AllinClarkCounty.com/get-involved. Follow us on Twitter @SustainClarkCty.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing superior service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11and-the largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the 7 of the nationand– Busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the largest public hospital in the state, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.