October Fire Update, Oct. 16: 10% Containment Reached

Release Date: Oct 16, 2016  

Contact(s): Erica Hupp (775) 355-5311; Naaman Horn (702) 515-5413

Las Vegas – The October Fire increased by two acres overnight and is now at 27 acres. The fire is located southeast of Mary Jane Falls near Big Falls on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA) near Las Vegas. The October Fire was reported at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, and the cause has been determined to be an escaped illegal campfire.

An interagency team of firefighters from U.S. Forest Service, Mt. Charleston Fire Protection District, and Clark County Fire Department are actively fighting the fire and have reached 10% containment. A helicopter assigned to the fire is not being utilized at this time due to high winds.

“There have been five human started fires in the last 30 days,” said SMNRA Area Manager Donn Christiansen. “We ask that all visitors help ensure public safety by adhering to our fire restriction that will remain in place through the end of October. This means that campfires are only permitted within established fire rings at designated campgrounds and picnic areas.”