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Las Vegas Brush Fire Burns Wetlands

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Fire crews are still trying to put out a brush fire that has blackened 200 acres and has been burning since Tuesday afternoon. They still do not know what caused the fire.

Watch slide show of viewer submitted photos of the fire.

The fire is burning in the protected Wetlands area near Sam Boyd Stadium in the southeast portion of the Las Vegas valley. Although fire crews say they have the blaze contained, they say it is not yet under control.

Crews are battling several hot spots, including some which re-ignited on Wednesday.

The brush fire started before 5 p.m. Tuesday and spread quickly sent a large plume of black smoke into the sky that could be seen 75 miles away. Within minutes flames swept through the county's desert Wetlands Park, smothering nearby homes in a thick could of black smoke.

Several residents in the Sterling at Silver Springs community for people 55 years and older, and who might be prone to respiratory or heart problems, were evacuated and taken to a nearby elementary school.

"I was scared to death," said Lizzie Sheppard.

Moist, green vegetation in the wetlands was responsible for the black smoke. A fire in the area about a week ago was believed to be caused by arson.

Again, no homes were damaged and there were no injuries.

The Wetlands, which comprises of a few hundred acres, has environmental and historical significance to the Las Vegas valley.

Some of the new trails in the Wetlands acted as a fire break and kept the fire from damaging sensitive areas.

The Wetlands Park is located at the end of E. Tropicana just north of the Sam Boyd Stadium. You can call 455-8200 for more information.

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