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Shutdown Impacts Lake Mead, Red Rock

(Las VEgas, NV) — The federal government shutdown that began early Tuesday morning is already affecting a popular spots for visitors.

The Lake Mead National Recreation Area is now closed, and 170 permanent park employees are on furlough.

Officials say the closure will mean a loss to the local economy of $500,000 a day.

Visitors camping out or staying in motels inside Lake Mead have been given notice to find new accommodations.

The Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area is also closed, and 900 members of the Bureau of Land Management have been furloughed.  About three dozen emergency crew members and firefighters will remain on the job.

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