A fire thought to have been started by a lightning strike has burned about 50 acres in an area east of Pahrump, a fire official said.
Clark County Fire Department volunteer crews are helping federal agencies with the wildfire in Trout Canyon, Assistant Fire Chief Troy Tuke said Saturday afternoon. The fire was reported about 2:35 p.m. and had spread to about 50 acres as of 7:45 p.m., records show.
Lightning was thought to have ignited the fire, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Ray Johnson said.
Six engines had been assigned to the scene Saturday, with hand crews likely to join firefighting efforts on Sunday, he said.
A small air tanker was assisting crews with the fire Saturday, Johnson said.
Trout Canyon is located in the Spring Mountains, between Pahrump and Mountain Springs, north of State Route 160. The massive Carpenter 1 fire started five years ago in that area.
The Fire Department is assisting the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service with the fire.
No further information was immediately available.