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Crews continue to battle wildfire in Spring Mountains

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Leila Navidi

Smoke from a fire in the Spring Mountains west of Las Vegas blocks the sun along with clouds before sunset on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

Updated Wednesday, July 3, 2013 | 12:52 p.m.

Approximate area of fire

A lightning strike to a tree sparked a fire in the Spring Mountains west of Las Vegas that has spread to about 1,100 acres, officials said Wednesday morning.

The wildfire is on U.S. Forest Service land in Carpenter Canyon, on the Pahrump side of the Spring Mountains, said Hillerie Patton, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Land Management. Authorities have closed Trout Canyon Road near the fire.

The fire started about noon Monday and remained uncontained on Wednesday morning , Patton said. Officials previously reported the fire covered about 1,800 acres, but reduced that number after GPS provided more accurate data.

A total of 120 personnel were fighting the fire with a Hotshot crew, five engines and a helicopter.

Because of the “very hot, very dry” conditions, Patton said it’s crucial people adhere to these fire-related rules on public land this holiday weekend:

• Fireworks of any kind are not allowed on public land.

• Don’t smoke outside vehicles.

• Don’t start a campfire outside of designated areas.

• Don’t do anything that could cause a spark.

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