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Patrols Looking for People Breaking Fire Rules on Mt. Charleston

Patrols Looking for People Breaking Fire Rules on Mt. Charleston

New saturation patrols started Wednesday and will last through the Fourth of July weekend, on and around Mt. Charleston.   

Federal and state law enforcement will be looking for anyone breaking the law and especially those breaking fire restriction rules.

Right now, all federal lands in the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area, which includes Mt. Charleston, are under Stage One Fire Restrictions.

That means campfires are restricted to designated campgrounds and absolutely no fireworks are allowed.

"There is no such thing as a safe-and-sane firework on the forest. It is against the law to use them in Clark County and it is against the law to use them in the forest," Jay Nichols with the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area said.

Other fire restrictions include:

Red Rock Campground to Close for Summer

Red Rock Campground to Close for Summer

 

Red Rock Campground will shut down for the summer following the Memorial Day holiday.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area’s developed campground is scheduled to temporarily close from May 28 to August 30.

Located approximately two miles east of the visitor center on State Route 159 (West Charleston Boulevard), Red Rock Campground is the only developed campground within the conservation area.

Other open campgrounds include:

Open House to Educate on Wildfire Risk

Open House to Educate on Wildfire Risk

 

The Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies are hosting a wildfire awareness day from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Red Rock National Conservation Area Visitors Center.

People are invited to learn about how to be wildfire prepared. Volunteer fire stations and citizen advisory groups also have scheduled cleanups from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at Mountain Springs near Highway 160 and mile marker 19, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8 on Mount Charleston on June 8.

Wildfire Awareness Week runs 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.

Tips include:

Summer Fire Restrictions Go Into Place Saturday

Summer Fire Restrictions Go Into Place Saturday

 

The summer season brings a change in fire restrictions on Nevada’s public lands, and this season’s rules go into effect Saturday.

On May 11, the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service are implementing fire restrictions in southern Nevada, including Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Red Rock National Conservation Area.

Agencies will offer several media availability opportunities to discuss these restrictions, last year’s fire statistics and predicted forecast for this year:

Fire restrictions prohibit:

Tour de Summerlin Set for Saturday

Tour de Summerlin Set for Saturday

 

Hundreds of people on bicycles will be making their way through Summerlin for the annual Tour de Summerlin set for Saturday.

The non-competitive cycling event takes riders through the Summerlin neighborhoods and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Cyclists can go on a 40-, 75- or 100-mile ride along a course with dedicated bike lanes and open desert roads.

The event benefits Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada. Last year, $81,000 was raised for the nonprofit.

To pre-register, go to tourdesummerlin.com or call (702) 252-8077. Registration is $70 for the 40- to 75-mile routes and $75 for the 100-mile route.

The tour starts at the Vistas Community Park, 11311 Alta Drive.

Free Entrance at Red Rock for MLK Holiday

Free Entrance at Red Rock for MLK Holiday

 

The Bureau of Land Management will honor the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by waiving most fees at Red Rock National Conservation Area.

BLM will waive recreation-related fees January 21. Daily entrance fees normally are as follows:

  • Cars/trucks: $7
  • Pedestrians/motorcycles/bicyclists: $3

Annual passes are available for $30. The canyon features a visitor center, a 13-mile scenic driving loop, miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, road biking, picnic areas and nature-observing opportunities.

Other fees, such as overnight camping and group day use, will remain in effect.  

Expect Crowds at Red Rock This Weekend

Expect Crowds at Red Rock This Weekend

 

Expect the holiday weekend to bring lots of visitors and plenty of congestion to the Red Rock National Conservation area.

The busiest period is anticipated to be between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The visitor center will be open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thanksgiving and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the remainder of the weekend. The 13-Mile Scenic Drive will be open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors may call 515-5350 to determine if the Scenic Drive is open.

On Friday and Saturday, Red Rock will “Take It Outside” and participate in a Nevada’s Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the visitor center.