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Mt. Charleston sees rain, but higher danger for fires with lightning

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Firefighters have been preparing for extremely dangerous fire conditions on Mt. Charleston. (FOX5) Firefighters have been preparing for extremely dangerous fire conditions on Mt. Charleston. (FOX5)
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Firefighters have been preparing for extremely dangerous fire conditions on Mt. Charleston. They battled two fires this weekend and said lightning was the cause of both.

The mountain saw a lot of rain this weekend, but that hasn’t changed the fire conditions.

“We have had some precipitation lately, but we also went a long time without any precipitation and it takes a long time for the fuel moisture to get up to where it would be a safe fire condition. Right now, we're still in very high fire conditions,” Captain Chris Culver of the Mt. Charleston Fire Protection District said.

That fuel brush and trees that keep the fires going.

“It comes down to light, dry, flashy fuels like cheat grass and things you see around to sage brush to the amount of precipitations or moisture held in our trees and heavier medium brush as well,” Captain Culver said.

With more storms expected over the mountains throughout the week, lightning can easily spark more fires.

Five years after one of the most detrimental fires on Mt. Charleston, firefighters wanted to make sure something like the Carpenter 1 fire doesn’t happen again.

“I was here during the Carpenter fire. That was pretty crazy with the evacuations and everything, but we're in that same kind of situation where the potential is always there so we need to be ready for it,” Captain Culver said.

Fire restrictions were still in place Monday. Campfires are only permitted in designated fire pits or grills at campsites and picnic areas.

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