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Winds Decrease As Crews Battle Mountain Wildfire Near Las Vegas

MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev. (AP) — An official says a decrease in gusty winds, cool overnight temperatures and the ability to use aircraft to douse flames helped efforts to battle a wildfire in the rugged mountains near Las Vegas.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Ray Johnson said Monday it could take several days to contain the fire that prompted evacuations, road closures and power outages Sunday as it charred a swath of pinon pine and juniper on Mount Charleston.

No injuries were reported and no homes were damaged in canyon hamlets home to several hundred residents and weekend visitors.