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Crews Get Handle On Wildfire

LAS VEGAS — A brush fire that broke out Monday afternoon northwest of the Las Vegas Valley was fully contained as of Tuesday morning, according to U.S. Forest Service officials.  The blaze scorched a total of 39 acres, but did not damage any structures or result in any injuries. 

The fire began around 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Spring Mountains, about three miles northwest of the I-215 and Summerlin Parkway interchange.  By late night it had grown to seven acres and continued to spread throughout the night.  At least 30 firefighters from the Bureau of Land Management battled the blaze, with help from three air tankers.  The fire initially created large plumes of smoke visible in the northwest valley, but no smoke was visible by sunrise.  Late Tuesday morning, crews remained at the scene putting out hot spots.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.  It’s the second wildfire in Southern Nevada this week.  On Monday, crews gained containment on a 225-acre blaze in Lovell Canyon, on the west side of Mountain Springs toward Pahrump.

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