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Brush fire in Sunset Park caused by 'homeless encampments'

Posted at 4:34 PM, Sep 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-02 13:30:23-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Clark County Fire Department, with help of the Henderson Fire Department, was able to successfully put out a brush fire on the southeast side of Sunset Park on Sunday afternoon.

About 50 firemen and women were on scene for more than four hours.

Deputy Chief Jeff Buchanan says the two-acre blaze was started by a "homeless encampment."

"There were able to take the environment there and put those clues together and all things [pointed to that]," Buchanan says.

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Clark County firefighters also say the hot, dry, and windy conditions cause the fire to spread rapidly.

"It was threatening structures on the east side of the park. There's a subdivision over there and some homeowners were very concerned."

Initial reports of the brush fire were reported before 11:00 A.M.

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