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Clark County under dust, smoke advisories

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Forecasted wind gusts and smoke from a southern California wildfire prompted Clark County officials to issue advisories for smoke and dust Thursday.

The Department of Air Quality said the advisories are in effect Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon.

FOX5 Meteorologist Ted Pretty said Thursday southwest winds were expected to gust to at least 40 mph in some locations. A wind advisory was also issued from noon until 8 p.m. on Thursday.

Air quality officials said people working outdoors should wear facial protection, like a painter's or surgical mask, during the advisory period. In addition, officials advised residents to limit outdoor exertion.

The department said there were no indications of unhealthy levels of dust early in the advisory.

You can get the latest forecast on air quality at

The department also recommended the following tips when traveling during the high winds:

  • Drive slowly on unpaved roads.
  • Don't take short cuts across vacant lots.
  • Ride off-road vehicles in approved areas outside the urban Las Vegas Valley.
  • Fence off barren property or cover it with gravel, rock or desert-friendly landscaping.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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