Las Vegas Remembers Carpenter 1 Wildfire

A year after the Carpenter 1 wildfire ravaged 43 square miles of land in Las Vegas, Nevada, community members and elected officials gathered at The Resort on Mt. Charleston to hold an extreme weather press conference. Chris Giunchigliana, the Clark County Commissioner, reminded residents of the devastating fire that burned for 3 weeks and took 1,300 firefighters to safely put out.

Teresa Crawford, a registered nurse, discussed the extreme health consequences of wildfires, including air and water pollution from the heavy smoke. Wildfires are expected to increase in frequency and intensity as climate change worsens, as drought leaves dry land susceptible to sparks. Mike Haydon from the Bureau of Land Management Fire Suppression Office spoke about the detrimental impacts wildfires have on the physical aspects on the land, as well as the economic losses wildfires have on the ecotourism industry.