Clark County Fire Fighting Crews Get Ready As Mojave Blaze Comes Our Way
You may notice the smoky, hazy skies over the Las Vegas valley recently. These conditions are due to a wildfire burning thousands of acres of dry brush and vegetation in the Mojave National Preserve.
Mojave National Preserve Fire Has Already Burned 70,000 Acres
Officials first became aware of the York Fire in the Mojave National Preserve on Friday. Since then, it has burned through 70,000 acres, and has now crossed into Nevada. At this point, Clark County firefighting crews standby to help protect residents who may be affected by this blaze. So far, as of 7 p.m. Sunday, there are no official evacuation orders in California or Nevada.
By and large, this desert landscape is usually very dry and does not have much vegetation. However, all those heavy rains in California this past winter and spring brought explosive growth of desert grasses. Subsequently, these desert grasses are now dry, and they become ample fuel for wildfire. That’s according to an article on LATimes.com by Taryn Luna and Louis Sahagún.
Clark County Firefighting Crews Stand Ready To Protect Nevada
Now that the York fire has crossed over into Nevada, Clark County firefighting crews prepare to battle this blaze. Weather conditions are making it very difficult to contain the Mojave National Preserve fire. In fact, it is 0% contained as of 7 p.m. Sunday. In reality, gusty winds are causing “fire whirls” or “fire tornadoes.” In short, per the LATimes.com article, these phenomena act as “spinning vortexes of flame and smoke.”
At this time, the Clark County Fire Department is setting up mobile command posts near the Searchlight and Nipton communities. According to an article by Shawna Khalafi on Fox5Vegas.com, officials say the fire is still many miles away from residential areas.
There are currently more than 200 personnel battling this blaze. These firefighters come from various agencies including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, San Bernardino County Fire Protection District, and our own Clark County Fire Department.