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Elevated fire danger in Las Vegas valley sparks fire safety conversation

Posted: 9:33 AM, Jul 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-16 17:01:09-04
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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Hot temperatures, low relative humidity and wind: these are the conditions that make fuels like grasses and brush quick to ignite.

"Both in the mountains and the desert area, there is a very high danger level for wildland fires," said Clark County Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Buchanan.

With a red flag warning in place on Tuesday, fire officials across Southern Nevada are reminding you to follow fire restrictions that were put in place on July 1.

"The reality is, if you follow the fire restrictions, you cut back the vegetation and pay attention to the warnings that are in your area, I think that's something important to note," Buchanan said.

The Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Clark County, and several more agencies issued the following fire restrictions:

•Building and/or using a campfire or charcoal stove (using portable stove using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel OK providing it has an on/off switch)
•Welding or operating an acetylene torch with open flames (except by permit)
•Using any explosive (except by permit)
•Using fireworks or firing a tracer
•Operating an off-road vehicle without a spark arrestor

Fire crews also want you to watch your cigarette butts because they are often the cause of wildfires.

Smoking is only allowed in areas that are cleared of all flammable material for at least three feet and they must be discarded in an ashtray.

In addition to following local fire restrictions, it's important for residents to stay fire ready. Experts advise creating a defensible space around your home by clearing out dry or dead vegetation within 100 feet of your home.

In addition, pay attention to all emergency alerts and have an evacuation plan ready to go.