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Fire restriction take effect on Mount Charleston next week

Reported by: Denise Rosch
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Updated: 5/03/2013 8:14 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- A wildfire continues to burn out of control along the California coast.

Flames have consumed 10,000 acres of dry brush up and down the hillsides of Ventura County. This is sparking concerns the same could happen in our local mountains.

Southern Nevada has already sent two federal engines to help out in California, one from the BLM and one from the park service.

Some are calling it an early start to wildfire season.

News 3's Denise Rosch spent the day up at Mount Charleston where conditions are bone dry.

Visitor Alison Laurin knows it doesn't take much coaxing to get her two dogs up to Mount Charleston.

Laurin and her husband are visiting from Vancouver and both have grown to love the spring mountains. It is a perfect, one day getaway from the Strip.

"We come for the rock climbing and nice temperatures this time of year," Alison Laurin said.

Warmer weather brings it's problems. Next week fire restrictions take affect. This means no wood or charcoal fires except in developed areas.

"We have fire scars that are still noticeable from 50 and 70 years ago from fires that were up here," said Ray Johnson of the U.S. Forest Service

Johnson says while southern Nevada is always hot in the summer, this year Mount Charleston is drier than normal. Just yesterday, federal crews along with county volunteers battled two fires in the area.

It's been three years since an abandonned campfire burned through Cathedral Canyon, destroying more than 20 acres of prime recreation land.

Today there are signs of new growth but the damage is still hard to miss.

While fire is a natural part of a forest's life cycle, at Kyle Canyon the flames have to be managed.
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