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Las Vegas area issued Red Flag Warning Wednesday, possible impact to crews battling Cottonwood Fire

Red Flag Warning in effect: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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Posted at 6:18 AM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 08:01:22-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Widespread wind gusts of 35 mph this afternoon may impact crews fighting the Cottonwood Fire, and cause any new fires to spread quickly, so a Red Flag Warning is in place today from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

RELATED: Cottonwood Fire latest update from crews on scene

WEATHER STORIES FROM THIS WEEK:

Please exercise caution with campfires, cigarettes, fireworks, and other potential fire hazards.

Storms are not in the forecast across Southern Nevada today, so lightning is not a concern. There is a small (10%) chance for pop-up storms on Thursday.

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The good news is that winds will relax by the end of the week, reducing fire danger.

Maximum wind speeds of 25 mph on Thursday will drop to 20 mph Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Make sure to follow meteorologists Justin Bruce and Dani Beckstrom on Twitter for updates around the clock.