Multiple agencies battle wildfire near Bunkerville; 50 percent contained

MESQUITE – At approximately 6:50 p.m. on Friday, a brush fire was reported near Bunkerville. The Bunkerville Fire Department and Mesquite Fire and Rescue were first on scene.

The fire was estimated at two to three acres in size. Its actual location was about 1.5 miles east of Riverside Road in Bunkerville, between Bunker Dam Road and the Virgin River. The area was filled with heavy brush; no structures were threatened. Weather conditions at the time were 102 degrees Fahrenheit with southwesterly winds of 15 to 20 miles per hour.

Fire crews completed an initial knockdown within an hour and continued to monitor hot spots. Though the blaze did flare up, the area was extremely difficult to access due to darkness and terrain and operations were turned over to firefighting crews from the Bureau of Land Management Southern Nevada District around 9:30 p.m.

According to the Las Vegas Interagency Communications Center, the fire was just over five acres in size and approximately 50 percent contained as of 11 a.m. Saturday.

Submitted by: Mesquite Fire and Rescue

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