County Offering Safety Reminders As We Enter Wildland Fire Season

Mt. Charleston Annual Pine Needle Pickup Set For June 2

May 16, 2018 - 2:28 pm
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LAS VEGAS (KXNT) - In partnership with federal and state agencies, the Mount Charleston Fire Protection District and Clark County Fire Department are reminding residents about the potential for wildfires during the spring and summer months when vegetation is driest in Southern Nevada. Nevada's wild land fire season tends to run May through October but wild land fires can threaten communities any time of the year. May is Wild land Fire Awareness Month.

"Mount Charleston is a very sensitive area, and we need to work together to protect it whether you are a visitor or a resident," said Fire Chief Jorge Gonzalez of the Mount Charleston Fire Protection District. "It's important for the public to obey posted fire restrictions and to use extreme caution if you are barbecuing or cooking with an open flame at campsites. No fireworks of any kind are allowed in the Spring Mountains or on public lands in Nevada," said Chief Gonzalez.

The memory of the enormous Carpenter 1 fire at Mount Charleston also looms large this time of year. The fire was ignited by a lightning strike on July 1, 2013, and consumed nearly 28,000 acres of forest, destroyed six structures and threatened homes. Mount Charleston is hosting its annual Pine Needle Pickup and Barbecue on Saturday, June 2, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will begin to gather between 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at 25 Ski Chalet, the old Volunteer Fire Department Station in Old Town, across from Fire Station 853 on Kyle Road for clean-up activities throughout the community. The event is organized to clear pine needles and other debris from properties following the winter months to prevent the spread of fire if one occurs. Republic Services donates dumpsters for the event. A free barbecue will be held for participants during the event.

Clark County has about 190 volunteer firefighters and 13 volunteer fire stations in rural areas, including Indian Springs, Moapa Valley, Blue Diamond, Mountain Springs, Good Springs and Searchlight. The Mount Charleston Fire Protection District operates Kyle Canyon Fire Station 853 and Lee Canyon Fire Station 856 on State Route 156, near the Old Mill Campground. Clark County also operates three volunteer fire stations in the Springs Mountains: Carpenter Canyon Station 70 in Trout Canyon, Mountain Springs Station 79 and Cold Creed Station 82. The majority of brush fires that happen in Southern Nevada occur on federal land, so Clark County's volunteers typically respond to support the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies, depending on the jurisdiction of the fires. Volunteers also could be dispatched to fight wild land fires throughout the state of Nevada.

"Our volunteer firefighters provide a vital service in Clark County and throughout the state," said Clark County Assistant Fire Chief Larry Haydu, who oversees the County's ranks of volunteer firefighters as Rural Division Chief. "We ask the public to help prevent wild land fires by carefully disposing of matches, smoking materials and other items that can ignite fires," Haydu said.

For more information and wild fire prevention tips, the public is encouraged to visit http://www.livingwithfire.infor/. Information also is available on the Mount Charleston Fire Protection District's website at https://mcfpdnv.org/ and the Clark County Fire Department's website pages at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov.