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Wildfire smoke may drift over Las Vegas late afternoon

Wind conditions allow crews to fight fire with aircraft
Posted at 5:12 PM, Jun 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 15:04:44-04

JUNE 29 10:15 A.M. UPDATE: The smoke plume from the Mahogany Fire is expected to drift across Las Vegas late this afternoon. We are watching this closely, as it would impact our air quality.

Follow 13 Action News Meteorologists and Justin Bruce and Dani Beckstrom on Twitter for additional updates: @just1nbruce and @danibeckstrom.

JUNE 29 9 A.M. UPDATE: Crews are battling the fire using aircraft.

JUNE 29 6 A.M. UPDATE: All weather warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service have expired, but the weather will still be important to watch on Monday as shifting winds from the northwest could deliver widespread wildfire smoke from the Mahogany Fire in the Spring Mountains to the Las Vegas valley.

Gusts of 25-30 mph are expected this morning through this afternoon both in the mountains and down in the valley.


Reduced temperatures are also in the forecast: it's in the 70s and upper 60s this morning and afternoon highs should be limited to the upper 80s. That's nearly 15 degrees below average for late June.

But some good news - winds may be calm enough this morning to allow crews to battle the fire with an aircraft.

13 Action News Meteorologist and Justin Bruce and Reporter Kelsey McFarland are each following the fire closely. Follow them on Twitter @just1nbruce and @KelseyMarie_TV.

JUNE 28 UPDATE: A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the Las Vegas area now through 11 p.m. due to strong winds and low humidity.

The National Weather Service reports southwest winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts 40 to 55 miles per hour area-wide.

Gusts over 60 mph are possible in higher terrain areas above 7,000 feet.

Humidity is 5 to 15%. Due to dry fuels, low relative humidity and very strong winds, any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly, authorities say.

A warning is issued when hazardous weather or a hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely.

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- There’s about to be a big change in the weather for the Las Vegas valley.

A potent low-pressure system will bring 20 to 25mph winds from the southwest to Southern Nevada on Sunday.


A Wind Advisory and Red Flag Warning due to the increased risk for fires will be in place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

A Dust Advisory has also been issued for Sunday because of the possibility of elevated levels of blowing dust.

Not only will it be windy, but the temperatures in the valley will also drop nearly 20 degrees. The daytime high for Sunday is expected to be 102 and the high on Monday will only be 90 degrees, which would be the 2nd coolest high for June 29 in the history of the Las Vegas valley. The coolest high ever recorded for June 29 is 85 degrees in 1938.

Tuesday’s high is expected to be 93. Temperatures will be closer to normal for Las Vegas by the end of the week. .