Nevada News

Thursday, July 2, 2020

FEMA approves $1.1M grant for PPE in Nevada

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Thursday the approval of $1.1 million to reimburse Nevada for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE). The large purchase of PPE was to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 for healthcare workers, first responders and state, county and tribal officials, according to a release from FEMA. The funds helped purchase more than two million pieces of PPE, including N95 and surgical masks, gloves, face shields and hand sanitizer. The funding from FEMA covers all but $400,000 worth of PPE, which will be paid for via non-federal sources, FEMA said.
KVVU-TV FOX 5 Las Vegas

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue announces budget cuts affecting staffing

PHOTO: Las Vegas Fire and Rescue announced budget cuts will impact funding for overtime pay designated to fill vacancies by those on vacation, sick leave, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and those injured while on the job. According to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, open positions will be filled using a pool system of unassigned employees known as rovers. Once rover positions are assigned, remaining slots can be filled using a limited amount of overtime funding. If rovers and overtime funding have been exhausted, then the department will take up to four apparatuses out of service. The Fourth of July holiday weekend will see no reductions from July 3 through July 5, the department said. The City of Las Vegas said it is feeling the economic impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. It has caused budget shortfalls in many departments that couldn't be entirely fixed by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
KVVU-TV FOX 5 Las Vegas

Crews report progress in Las Vegas, Reno-area mountain fires

Fire officials reported progress Wednesday fighting separate wildfires in the mountains near Las Vegas and on the edge of Reno, where a home was destroyed and hundreds of evacuations were ordered last weekend. The number of firefighters battling a more than 4-square-mile (10.4-square-kilometer) fire on Mount Charleston in southern Nevada grew to 420, incident spokesman Brandon Hampton said, and containment was estimated at 10%. No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged in Lee and Kyle canyon hamlets home to several hundred residents and weekend visitors. The fire started Sunday near a campground, and officials said the fire was caused by humans. They have not disclosed an exact cause. In northern Nevada, containment was reported at 95% at the fire that had threatened neighborhoods on Peavine Mountain.
Las Vegas Sun

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Woman and pets die, man injured in Henderson house fire

One woman and two pets were killed in an accidental kitchen fire on Tuesday morning in Henderson. Officials said the fire on the 500 block of Grimsby Avenue injured a man and displaced 11 others about 6:30 a.m. on June 30. Firefighters arrived to the one-story home near Sunset Road and Stephanie Street and were told people might be inside. In the home, an 82-year-old woman was found. She was taken to University Medical Center where she died. Officials said a dog and rabbit also died in the fire. A 55-year-old man was taken to UMC with non-life threatening injuries. The estimated damage is $280,000.
KVVU-TV FOX 5 Las Vegas

Nevada, Clark County hospitalizations see upward trend; third-largest increase in statewide COVID-19 testing recorded

Nevada and Clark County’s COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and testing are seeing an upward trend. Both the state and county recorded their fourth-highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases Tuesday as Clark County reported a higher rise in hospitalizations. Nevada also saw its third-largest single-day increase in testing. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is reporting 645 new COVID-19 cases and four new COVID-19-related deaths across the state in the last 24 hours. This is the fourth-highest, single-day increase in cases for Nevada, according to DHHS data. There are now 19,101 confirmed cases and 511 deaths in the state. Nevada has reported its five largest single-day increases for COVID-19 case in the past week.
KLAS-TV CBS 8 News Las Vegas

Electrical fire reported at Circa construction site in downtown Las Vegas

An electrical fire was reported at the Circa Resort & Casino construction site early Tuesday morning. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said the fire started on the fourth floor of the property, located at 18 Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. LVFR said there was no extension of the fire and no injuries reported.
KVVU-TV FOX 5 Las Vegas

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