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Heavy thunderstorms trigger Kyle Canyon debris flows

Reported by: Denise Rosch
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Updated: 8/19/2013 4:27 pm
LAS VEGAS - Thunderstorms and rain over the burned area of the Carpenter 1 fire triggered debris flows Sunday afternoon in Kyle Canyon, affecting several developed Forest Service sites.

No injuries were reported.

Kyle Canyon Picnic Area experienced the most substantial debris flow impacts; several roads are covered with gravel, and debris up to a foot high has collected around tables at individual picnic sites. No visitors were impacted since this former campground is currently closed for re-construction.

The Kyle Canyon Visitor Center and other buildings at the Forest Service administrative site sustained no damage. Water and debris was also observed moving swiftly through Harris Springs Wash and down Harris Springs Road and fortunately did not cross over or impact Highway 157.

Rains also dampened the Carpenter 1 Fire, which is now considered 100 percent contained, but four new fires ignited by lightning were detected in the Spring Mountains on Sunday afternoon.

The National Weather Service is predicting additional moisture through Tuesday which could bring more widespread monsoon showers and thunderstorms to the region.

Visitors and residents should check the National Weather Service website at www.weather.gov for any flood watches or warnings issued and monitor the NOAA Weather Radio or local radio stations while traveling in the area.

- From news release
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