Early summer storms hit Spring Mountain Wilderness in Southern Nevada late Sunday and again on Monday, starting several lightning strike fires. Mid afternoon on Monday some more lightning strike fires have popped up near Searchlight, according to Forest Service Public Relations representative Judy Suing. She said: “We have dispatched 2 helicopters to patrol the Searchlight area.”
Suing went on to say, “Our priority fire is the Williams fire next to Trout Canyon about one and half miles from the community of Trout. We have a single engine aircraft air tanker, one helicopter, 3 engines, and have just dispatch a hot shot crew.” The Hot Shot crew was dispatched as of 3:30pm Monday.
Suing continued on a phone interview with Digital Journal, “The other three fires include Dry Basin between Trout and Lovell, below LaMadre Mountain Wilderness that is 20 to 40 acres in size and is anticipated to be out tonight. The next one is the Griffith Ridge fire now in monitoring status, and the Lee Springs fire which is contained and forest service teams will immobilize tomorrow.”
The National Weather Service for Nevada issued a Severe Storm Watch at around 11am for area’s around Mt Charleston on Monday morning. From their web site they issued this statement about the early summer storms ,” A DISTURBANCE OVER SOUTHERN NEVADA WILL ENHANCE THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPMENT ACROSS CLARK, LINCOLN, AND MOHAVE COUNTIES THROUGH THIS EVENING. THE MAIN HAZARD WITH THESE STORMS ASIDE FROM LIGHTNING WILL BE GUSTY WINDS OVER 45 MPH. BRIEF HEAVY RAIN AND SMALL HAIL WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE. MOIST AND UNSTABLE AIR WILL REMAIN IN PLACE THROUGH THE WEEK ALLOWING FOR ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS EACH DAY ACROSS THE REGION.” http://www.nws.noaa.gov/
Fire season is just getting started in the deserts of the southwest United States. Most fires are started this time of the year by lightning strikes.
Another danger in the deserts this time of the year is flash flooding. It is important to pay attention to the weather if your out side the cities. You could be under clear sky’s, but a few miles away a pocket storm could hit and cause a flash flood which can send a wall of water down dry stream beds and creeks.
You should never try to cross roads that are covered with water during these times. It is very important to keep your distance and follow the instructions of any official on site and monitor your radio for storm related information.
Fire and Flood season is back a little early this year in Nevada and the desert southwest United States. Being prepared and paying attention is the best advice for campers, hikers, and anyone visiting outdoor recreation areas, as well as, cities and towns.
One other lesser known danger is when rains hit the dry asphalt and soak in; it draws up oil’s and make road ways slick, which leads to a significant increase in traffic accidents.
Finally, Suing says, “There as been no property damage or injuries” from the latest fires and storms, “but I will contact Digital Journal with updates or if anything changes.”