County Fire Department Supports Wildfire Awareness Week
The Clark County Fire Department is partnering with local, federal and state agencies to support Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week and remind residents about the potential for wildfires during the spring and summer months when vegetation is driest.
Wildfire Awareness Week is May 4 through May 11 this year in Nevada, but cleaning up dry debris and brush is encouraged throughout the warmest months to reduce fire-burning fuels.
“In case of fire, no tree branches should hang over your roof and there should not be any dead or dry vegetation on your property within 30 feet of your home,” said Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington. “Dry vegetation combined with our hot, dry and often windy environment can provide fuel for brush fires in the valley as well as rural areas like Mount Charleston.”
Fire officials recommend the following actions to reduce the threat of wildfires:
- Clear dead vegetation (trees, grass, leaves etc.) around your home to limit potential fire fuel.
- Roofs constructed from fire resistant materials such as tile, metal or asphalt can significantly increase the survivability of your home. Wood shingle roofs are more burnable.
- Properly soak and dispose of cigarette butts, charcoal briquettes and any materials that can start fires.
- Adhere to posted fire restrictions in National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management areas in Southern Nevada, including Red Rock, Mount Charleston and Lake Mead.
- Equip all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and similar vehicles with spark arrestors.
- Use fireworks labeled with a “safe and sane” seal only from June 28 until July 4 when fireworks are legal under Clark County code. Legal fireworks include sparklers and fireworks that keep to a small, circular area on the ground and don’t explode in the air. Illegal fireworks include firecrackers, roman candles, sky rockets – any item with highly combustible materials. No fireworks, including the safe and sane ones, are allowed on public lands.
- If you are warned that a wildland fire is threatening your area, listen to your battery-operated radio for reports and evacuation information. Follow the instructions of local officials.
The BLM and other federal agencies are hosting a wildfire awareness day on Thursday, May 9, 9 a.m. 12 p.m., at the Red Rock Visitors Center. Homeowners and recreationalists are welcome to attend the event to learn about how to be wildlfire prepared. Volunteer fire stations and citizen advisory groups also have scheduled cleanups on Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mountain Springs near Highway 160 and mile marker 19, and Mount Charleston on Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information about wildfire safety, visit Nevada’s multi-agency “Living With Fire” website at www.livingwithfire.info.