LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — UPDATE: 6/16: The Cottonwood Valley Fire off State Route 160, between Las Vegas and Pahrump, is 40% contained. The fire has burned an estimated 373 acres. The Bureau of Land Management says the Late Night Trail Head is temporarily closed due to helicopter dipping.
The Cottonwood Valley Fire off State Route 160, between Las Vegas and Pahrump, has grown to 400 acres and is 20% contained.
It was discovered just after 11 a.m. Monday, according to the Nevada Wildfire Information Map. The location is just south of the turnoff for Cottonwood Pass Road, about five miles southwest of Las Vegas.
According to the Bureau of Land Management Nevada, the fire is burning in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and started near the late night parking lot.
It has been determined to be human-caused.
This is the second wildfire in the area. The Sandy Valley Fire is about 10 miles southwest of Las Vegas along State Route 160, and it has consumed around 1,380 acres. That fire is now 90% contained. It was started by target shooting.
The Nevada Highway Patrol reopened SR 160. They say it could be re-closed, though, due to the fire.