In pictures: Huge Nevada wildfire turns Las Vegas sky red

A wildfire in Mount Charleston, Nevada, sent a large cloud of smoke visible from neighboring Las Vegas.

The fire started as a 10-acre brush fire (four hectares; 0.04 km2) on Sunday afternoon.

In the early evening, local park officials said they had swallowed some 20,000 square kilometers.

Ray Johnson, a US Forest Service fire prevention officer, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the wind was too strong for firefighters to work safely.

A mother and daughter take photos of the fire
Source: BBC

The teams expect the winds to drop on Monday so they can travel to the area.

The American Red Cross of Nevada opened an evacuation center at a local primary school for residents of Mount Charleston.

The wildfire obscures the setting sun
Source: BBC

It is not known what caused the fire.

Road sign warns drivers of road closures due to the fire
Source: BBC
Source: BBC

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