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Pahrump landfill fire finall3/out by Mary Lamar Gazette Staff PAHRUMP-- A fire at the landfill was another in the many fires that Pahrump has been experiencing over the past several days. Calls regarding the fire came in between 7 - 7:30 p.m., Thursday, August 7. Firefighters arrived on scene within five to ten minutes of the call-out. Fire Chief Vern Long of the Pahrump Volunteer Fire Department said, "We had approximately 14 firefighters on that scene." The blaze itself was con- rained in a debris pit approxi- mately 250 feet wide, 600 feet long and about 20 feet deep. 'qalley Electric Association stood by as a precaution due to several of their electrical poles surrounding the debris pit. The landfill is located off of Highway 160 on Mesquite, Lafill blaze-.-Two fireflghters stare into the blaze at the Paln'ump landfill fire on Thursday, August 7 as flames and smoke fill the night skies. The orange glow from the fire could from most of Pahrump, until late Thursday night. brought in to extinguish the flames. Long's concern for the safety of the Town prompted him to pull out the water tenders and crews about 1 a.m. Water tenders are called out on all fires, but the safety of a house and its occupants supersedes the smoldering ash ofthe landfill. Several small fires in Pahrump caused additional concern. Ambu- lance crews stayed at the fire scene until the fire crews were released. Landfill per- sonnel moni- tored the smol- dering ash for the next few days. By early morning, white smoke was seen throughout the valley, just a re- minder of the blaze from the previous night. providing an exquisite view of the Town. The smoke from the Long reported no injuries, and no damage to the landfill or the fire could be seen throughout the valley. As the skies grew electrical poles that surrounded it. The fire department retumed to darker, an orange glow could be seen from most of Pahrump. thelandfillonAugust 11 todousetberemainsofsmolderingdebris Water was limited at the scene and water tenders were orle last time. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Wild fire destroys parts of Toiyabe Forest by Mary Lamar Gazette Staff Firefighters from several different agencies had their hands full over the last two weeks battling blazes in the Toiyabe National Forest. Lightning is said to be the culprit in many of the blazes according to officials with the Moun- tain Springs Volunteer Fire Department. At least 21 fires were sparked over the two week period. Officials estimate the number of acres of land charred in the blaze to be between 1,000 to 1,500. Two television stations went off the air in Pahrump alter a fire in the Mountain Springs area burned the electric poles and translators that services the stations. Channe! 19 (FOX) came back on the air on Tuesday and Channel 24 (CBS) re-appeared on Wednesday. Valley Elec- tric Association, the electric service providers to the transmitters, lost 22 poles in the fire. Roy Bell, a line foreman for VEA said that crews worked 12 -14 hour days to repair the damage. Thirteen of the new poles that were installed had to be flown in by helicopter. Numerou agencms responding to the fires included Bureau of Land Management, Mountain Springs Volunteer Fire Department and US Forestry Service. Crews were dropped off by helicopter and remained on the mountain sides until relieved, many hiked three to five miles out after the fire was extinguished. Rough terrain made vehicles non-assess- able in most areas. Toiyabe Forest w Valley Electric pole lies charred after a wild fire sweeps through Toiyabe National Forest. The enormous amount of manpower spent battling the blaze prevented injuries to the firefighters, or the loss of wildlife. "These are the things that we are thankful for," Larry Benham, Fire Prevention Technician, Mountain Springs Volunteer Fire Department stated. Report of smoke sends PVFD code three When the Pahrump Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene, a small electrical fire had started in a wooden storage cabinet. PVFD removed the cabinet and shut down the electrical to the building Using a fire extinguisher they smothered the flames then moved the cabinet outside. "They were really lucky that some- one was there, if this had hap- pened at night it could have burned to the ground," Long stated. The video store was ready for business later in the day. "They (PVFD) re- sponded so quickly, it was great. I would like to thank that very helpful customer," Dillman said. by Mary Lamar PAHRUMP - Adventure Land Video's employee Kathy Dillman said, "I knew I could smell something, but I could not see anything" Dillman was on duty Thursday, August 7 Adventure Land Video-.- A small electrical fire on August 7 around 11:30 a.m. when she smelled smoke. A customer in the video store at the time of the inci- dent, who wanted to remain anonymous, stated he could also smell the smoke. Dillman and the customer saw a small amount of smoke, which ap- peared to be coming from the floor. Dillman immediately called 911. Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, August 14, 1997 17 DON'S RADIATOR SERVICE THE LEAK STOPS HERE" Complete Cooling and Heng System Sece 751-2000 Doug 6ripp 1060 E. Third St. * Pahrump, NV 89041 (Third and Center) Chicken Fingers Burger. Shakes BBQ- Gyros . Homemade Chili . Wings- Subs . 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