Firefighters responded Monday, July 20, to the 150-acre Cottonwood Fire in the mountains southwest of the Las Vegas Valley. By July 21, it had grown to 1,800 acres and was zero percent contained, officials said.
Fire officials with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest saId, “The cause of the fire is under investigation, though lightning has recently been in the area.”
The Cottonwood Fire is south of Nevada’s State Route 160.
Officials said the fire was not threatening the highway, but heavy smoke spurred the Forest Service to issue a Temporary Flight Restriction over the area, affecting flights at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. Credit: Kerri Hawkins via Storyful