A fire that started late Wednesday night at the Clark County Wetlands Park has caused the park to close all trails in the Nature Preserve. Access to the preserve across Big Weir Bridge has also been closed. This closure will remain in effect for Thursday and Friday. Approximately nineteen acres burned with the Cottonwood Crossing Bridge being the only structure damaged. Due to high winds expected today, BLM and NDF fire crews are expected to remain onsite.
"The Wetlands Parks is enjoyed by many," said Daniel Hernandez, Director of Parks and Recreation, "it is important that nature enthusiasts steer clear of the area so fire crews can do their jobs. It is also recommended that the public stay out of damaged areas once the trails reopen to prevent any unnecessary personal injuries."
At 2,900 acres, Clark County Wetlands Park is one of the largest urban wetlands in the Southwest and serves as a popular destination for hikers and bird watchers. More than 300 species of birds and 70 species of mammals and reptiles have been spotted in the park, including beavers, coyotes, bobcats and snakes. The park features more than 20 miles of trails, including six miles within the Nature Preserve. The telephone number for Clark County Wetlands Park is (702) 455-7522. Outdoor hours in the park are dawn to dusk. It is recommended that visitors wear sunscreen, hats with a wide brim, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and bring plenty of water when walking the trails.
Information about the park's programs and activities is available on its website pages at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov. You also can like Clark County Wetlands Park on Facebook and follow the park on Twitter and Instagram at CCWetlandsPark.