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New York Fire Incident Update 7-31-2023 8:00 pm

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A column of smoke rises from a local ridge in the York Fire


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News Release Date: July 31, 2023

Contact: Marc Peebles, 909-855-4233

Contact: Sierra Willoughby, 760-221-5310

Synopsis: The York fire remains under investigation, it started on private land that is an inholding within the Mojave National Preserve.

Today firefighters continued to work at gaining containment while by observing less fire activity then previous days. This means the fire’s intensity and spread were relatively low, which could help in their containment efforts and reducing the risk to property and lives.

As weather conditions permit an infrared mapping flight will take place in the early morning hours to obtain better map data for firefighting resources.

Tonight firefighters will continue to focus on containment and suppression efforts. Limited visibility due to thick smoke is a challenge the firefighters are facing. With visibility up to a mile or less in some areas it has a significant implication and causes hazardous conditions, hindering firefighting operations as it affects aerial support, ground crews’ movement, and communications between firefighting units.

This is an ongoing coordinated effort between resources from the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, San Bernardino Fire Protection District, and Clark County Fire. Additional, resources have been ordered to assist in these efforts.

As always, it's important to stay updated on official information and follow safety instructions given by local authorities. If you're in the vicinity of the fire, please take necessary precautions to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.

Road and Area Closures: Ivanpah Road, Hart Mine Road, and Walking Box Ranch Road CLOSED in the area due to continued fire activity. These closures are due to hazardous wildfire conditions and fire suppression operations. Please stay clear of the area. All campgrounds in the Preserve. Please visit https:// for details 

Smoke Effects: Smoke from the fire is reaching into Nevada and southern Utah. For current smoke impacts and for tips on managing your exposure of wildfire smoke, please visit; also visit Nevada’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources at Smoke Smart: Pro Tips to Protect your Family from Wildfire Smoke | DCNR (

Clark County, Nevada Impacts: The York Fire is working closely with Clark County Communications to provide timely and accurate information to the public. If you have any questions regarding what is occurring specifically with the residential areas of Nipton and Searchlight, please visit or follow on twitter at ClarkCountyNV

Last updated: August 1, 2023

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