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Boaters and swimmers prepare for excessive heat

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for southern Nevada.

The highs could reach between 106 and 108 at Lake Mead this weekend. Due to the excessive heat, park rangers are advising people to avoid hiking in Lake Mead Recreation Area.

People trying to escape the heat in the Las Vegas valley by enjoying the lake are reminded to wear their lifejackets while swimming and to bring extra water and food.

Emergency calls to rangers increase during the summer and they may not get to issues like disabled boats and non-emergency incidents as quickly.

Summer fire restrictions are in place at Lake Mead. The restrictions include:

  • Building and/or using a campfire or charcoal stove (using portable stove using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel OK)
  • Welding or operating an acetylene torch with open flames (except by permit)
  • Using any explosive (except by permit)
  • Using fireworks or firing a tracer
  • Operating an off-road vehicle without a spark arrestor

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