Cottonwood Fire Nearing Full Containment

Several Closures Have Been Put In Place

Mitch Kelly
July 27, 2020 - 5:15 am
Crews work to put out the Cottonwood Fire burning near Goodsprings on 7-20-20

Humboldt-Toiyabe NF


LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - The Cottonwood Fire burning south of Las Vegas is now at 97 percent containment.

It's believed that the fire, burning near Goodsprings, was started by a lightning strike last Monday.

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Bureau of Land Management Southern Nevada District have established temporary area closures in the area of the Cottonwood Fire on portions of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Red Rock National Conservation Area, and Las Vegas Field Office due to public safety concerns during fire suppression and rehabilitation activities.

These closures will remain in effect until officials with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management determine the area is once again safe for the public use.

Members of the public are cautioned that failure to comply with the closure orders may result in criminal and/or civil penalties including fines, jail, or both.

“Our number one priority is firefighter and public safety. This closure will allow firefighters to work to gain control of the fire as well as mitigate hazards within the fire perimeter that could adversely affect the public. We will reopen the area as soon as it is safe to do so,” said Marty Woods, Fire Management Officer for the SMNRA.