The National Weather Service office in Las Vegas has issued a WIND ADVISORY and FIRE WEATHER WARNING / RED FLAG for Las Vegas today until 10 p.m. Las Vegas Fire Chief Mike Myers is urging citizens to be extremely careful today when it comes to fire. Conditions are excellent for the spread of fire on such days as today. The last two multi-alarm fires in apartment complexes in Las Vegas were on days when it was very windy and a fire weather warning was in effect.
Southwest winds of 20-30 mph and gusts of 40-50 are expected until late tonight. Combined with high temperatures and extremely low humidity, fire can spread very quickly, both across the ground and in buildings. The National Weather Service has described the conditions as critical.
Here are some safety tips for fire weather warning days combined with high winds:
- Do not discard cigarettes on the ground or from vehicles. Put them in an ashtray in your vehicle.
- If smoking outside, take used smoking material (cigarette butts) and flush them down the toilet. Do use an ashtrays outside. Winds will fan the embers and it can spread to the building, as was the case in the last two serious apartment complex fires.
- Ashtrays should be at least 10 feet from buildings
- Do not use outside cooking appliances such as barbecues.
- Refrain from using any torches or other fire sources during a fire weather warning period.
As with any fire, even if you put the fire out, you should call 9-1-1 and report it so firefighters can examine it and make sure it is completely out. This is especially important during a fire weather warning.