MESQUITE, Nev. (KLAS) — The Virgin Mountain Fire burning just south of Mesquite, Nevada, is now at 1,624 acres and is 20% contained.
Initially, authorities estimated it to be 3,000 acres, but it was mapped at 1,232 overnight on Sept. 23. It has since expanded slightly.
According to the Bureau of Land Management, it is burning in the Virgin Mountain Instant Study Area within the Gold Butte National Monument. This is about 15 miles from Mesquite.
A lightning strike ignited the blaze on Sept. 21.
“Smoke continues to be visible from Mesquite and along Interstate 15,” said Tyler Hecht, BLM Southern Nevada acting fire management officer, in a news release. “Visitors to Lake Mead National Recreation Area may see super scooper and fire boss aircraft south of Echo Bay. As a reminder, no drones are allowed in active fire areas and drones are never allowed within Lake Mead National Recreation Area.”
The agency is asking people to avoid Cabin Canyon Road off of State Route 242 in order to ensure firefighter and public safety.
There are currently 114 firefighters battling it.
According to the department, there are currently hand crews, wildland fire engines, air attack platform and helicopters fighting the wildfire.
The BLM says no structures are threatened at this time and that there are no evacuations. However, bighorn sheep habitat, mule deer habitat, desert tortoise habitat, the Virgin Mountain Instant Study Area and Virgin repeater site are at risk.