This morning, the two million residents of the Las Vegas Valley awoke to a smell like a BBQ gone wild. In fact, it kind of smelled like mesquite or hickory. You would have thought that Famous Dave was going nuts with his rib smoking machines.
Well the cause of the smell was from a wild fire burning in Douglas County, about a 8 hour drive from Las Vegas.
From Firehouse.com: A wildfire that destroyed two homes in a rural neighborhood near the
California-Nevada line and was threatening many more Wednesday may have
been caused by an illegal burn that had been smoldering at a private
residence since the weekend, investigators said.
Rugged terrain forced firefighting crews to concentrate on an aerial
attack to try to slow the flames. The fire had consumed about 6,000
acres of mostly sagebrush, cheat grass and juniper as it burned in the
mountains within miles of another residential area in rural Lyon
County, about 60 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe.
No deaths or injuries have been reported, and evacuations have been
lifted. But more than 100 homes continued to be threatened as smoke
from the blaze drifted hundreds of miles south to form a layer of haze
over the Las Vegas Valley.
No wonder I had a hankering for BBQ ribs and chicken for most of the day today.