UPDATE: Mt. Potosi fire grows to over 420 acres

LAS VEGAS - The wildfire on Mt. Potosi continued to grow Saturday. As of 8:46 a.m. the Potosi Fire had grown to more than 420 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Friday, the fire was at about 350 acres. 

The fire is burning on the west side of Potosi Mountain on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Spring Mountains National Recreation Area near Las Vegas.  Fire officials say it was sparked Thursday evening by dry lightning.

Mt. Potosi is about 30 miles southwest of the central part of Las Vegas. The fire is said to be on the Pahrump side of Mt. Potosi.

On Friday, eight smokejumpers, one engine, one helicopter, three air tankers, one very large air tanker (VLAT), and numerous overhead were on the mountain battling the blaze.

Additional resources have been ordered including a Type III Incident Management Team.

There are currently no evacuation orders in effect, but the people at the Boy Scouts of America’s Kimball Scout Reservation voluntarily evacuated the area, the U.S. Forest Service said.

For both the safety of the public and firefighters, U.S. Forest Service officials have issued a request for the public to not drive on any of the Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management roads south of Nevada State Highway 160.

The agency also wants to remind the public that it is illegal to fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems, generally called drones, near or over wildfires.

Interference by a drone may stop firefighting operations, endanger life and property, and cause wildfires to become larger and more costly, the U.S. Fire Service said.


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