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Forest fire near Las Vegas Ski Resort

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As the title states:

 

http://inciweb.org/incident/3481/

 

 

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Great picture! As a patroller, I've been called to stand by to help load/unload firefighters on the lift and for possible chair evacuation when the resort where I work was threatened by a fire. It ended up not happening, but I thought that would be cool.
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Some of the skiing in the area (non-resort) looks like it has been affected based on the fire description, though for several reasons changing from mixed conifers to aspen  stands and such, post-burn, may have less effect on the skiing there than elsewhere.  Hopefully not too many bristlecone pines are lost when it's done.

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There is a fire close to Reno, sparked by lightening a few days ago.  I haven't seen flames but the smoke is blowing into Reno. 

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Last I heard the fire isn't threatening the Las Vegas Ski Resort any longer.  Good news!

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Last I heard the fire isn't threatening the Las Vegas Ski Resort any longer.  Good news!

Hopefully they can open the resort back up to the public soon -- seems like the fire is now mainly burning east and into lower elevations along a ridgeline a canyon and a half, and several miles, south of the ski resort, http://www.lasvegassun.com/carpenter-one-fire-map/#axzz2YYVdgMms .  (The resort is at the end of the upper state road if you scan out on the map.)  Anyone heading down there for business or pleasure should keep a trip to the resort when it's open for summer in mind -- fun hiking and also a fair number of wild horses and such to be seen in the mountains there, among other things. 

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The Bison Fire in Northern Nevada is 100% contained at a cost of (just over) 7 million dollars. 

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http://www.skilasvegas.com/winter/index.html  The resort down on Mt. Charleston opens back up this Friday.

 

Because that fire was one without a lot of human tragedy, it's a good one for looking at the moral hazards in the way people have been trying to live right in the middle of forests choked with fuel and bound to go up.  The video here dates back to a fire in the same general area last year started by a campfire, but the same points hold this year, and still hold because a lot of the rest of the area still is poorly managed.

 

 

For users of the area and for the wildlife there, the space opened up by the fire should be a big plus. The cost of the firefighting there is north of $15mm now, so the roughly 300 residents of the area got about $50k a person in efforts many of which involved things like clearing brush that will help them in the future, plus the fire burned up a lot of standing fuel.  No word yet on how much the climbing areas there were affected.   Hopefully these fires, many of which are severe because of how much fuel there is to burn, will make people realize that cutting ski runs, mtb trails, and other type of judicious pruning or thinning for recreational reasons is not just not a bad thing, but may be a very good thing for the health of the forest in addition to creating or enhancing recreational opportunities.

 

Meantime the BLM still apparently wants to round up wild horses in the area, even though horses graze and grazing helps keep fuel down...

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