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December 20, 2014

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Wind could bring blowing dust, smoke from California fire

High southwesterly winds gusting up to 45 mph are expected in the Las Vegas area today, creating the potential for wildfires and blowing dust and smoke.

The Clark County Department of Air Quality has issued an advisory for dust and smoke today and Friday.

Also, the National Weather Service has issued a wildfire warning for today for most of Southern Nevada, including the Las Vegas area, Mount Charleston and the Lake Mead Recreational area.

The warning is in effect from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., when the wind, combined with low humidity and dry grasses and brush, will create a wildfire danger.

Strong winds might also make driving difficult for high-profile vehicles and could result in areas of blowing dust as well as hazardous boating conditions on Lake Mead, weather officials said.

Clark County’s Department of Air Quality issued an advisory about the possibility of blowing dust from construction sites and smoke from a wildfire burning in the Los Padres National Forest in Southern California.

The county said it will continue to monitor conditions and post an alert if unhealthy levels of air quality are occurring.

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