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UPDATE: Cause Of Wetlands Fire Confirmed

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities are now confirming what KXNT first reported on Saturday, that a spectacular weekend wildfire in an 84-acre area just east of Sam Boyd Stadium was caused by a homeless camp.

No buildings were threatened and no injuries were reported. Clark County spokeswoman Jennifer Knight said Monday it wasn’t immediately clear what in the camp sparked the blaze about 3:45 p.m. Saturday in a marshy area along the Las Vegas Wash.

Local firefighters, the Nevada Division of Forestry, and crews from the federal Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service battled the blaze beneath a tall plume of smoke.

The fire was declared contained Sunday morning, and the Las Vegas Wetlands Park Nature Preserve remained open.

The wash is a wetland where runoff from the Las Vegas valley collects on the way to Lake Mead.

 

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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