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Moapa wildfire contained fully, BLM officials say

Two wildfires that began last week and burned over large parts of Moapa and Mount Charleston have been fully contained by firefighters.


According to the Bureau of Land Management, the 600-acre fire in Moapa was fully contained late Tuesday.

The fire at Mount Charleston, which started with an illegal campfire and burned 20 acres, was contained on Monday.

The Moapa fire, which started Thursday, consumed nine residences and nine outbuildings, BLM officials said.

The cause is still under investigation, but residents have said it was started by a work crew trimming palm trees to reduce the fire danger.

One crew of firefighters and two engines remain at Moapa to monitor the situation. One work crew is at Mount Charleston doing tree removal.

The BLM described the work by firefighters as "mostly mop-up."


Pedestrian killed by pickup was 65-year-old LV man

The 65-year-old pedestrian killed Tuesday morning while crossing Boulder Highway has been identified as Kenneth Claus of Las Vegas.

Claus was walking in a marked crosswalk north of Kentucky Avenue, near Russell Road, when he was hit by a 2001 Chevrolet pickup that was heading north on Boulder Highway. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the truck was identified as 52-year-old Wayne Morgan of Henderson. Las Vegas police said he failed to yield the right of way to the pedestrian. The incident remains under investigation.


‘Mentally disturbed’ woman jumps out of medical van

A woman was taken Wednesday afternoon to University Medical Center after jumping out of a medical van on U.S. Highway 95.

The woman, described as "mentally disturbed," jumped out of the vehicle and onto the northbound highway near the Las Vegas Beltway about 4:20 p.m., the Nevada Highway Patrol said.

It was not clear where the medical van was taking the woman. Trooper Chelita Rojas said a guard was in the back of the vehicle with the woman when the incident happened.

The extent of the woman’s injuries was unknown.

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