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7-Square-Mile Pilot Fire Prompts Vegas Air Advisory

CRESTLINE (AP) — Smoke from a growing wildfire in the mountains of San Bernardino County is casting a hazy pall in Las Vegas, more than 200 miles away.

County officials in southern Nevada on Monday issued an air quality advisory due to smoke from the 7-square-mile blaze in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Fire officials estimated containment at just 5 percent on the wildfire that erupted shortly after noon Sunday in the San Bernardino Mountains above the high-desert city of Hesperia. That's about 60 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

The air advisory is in effect in southern Nevada through Tuesday.

The Clark County Department of Air Quality says air is unhealthy for sensitive groups, including young children, senior citizens people and with respiratory problems and cardiac disease.

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