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As wildfires devastate Southern California, fire season continues on a dry Mt. Charleston

With California burning, we're checking out the fire danger in our own mountains at Mt. Charleston. (Denise Rosch | KSNV)

With our neighbors in California dealing with devastating wildfires, conditions in Southern Nevada are bone dry and not where they should be this time of year.

The fire danger up on Mount Charleston is still in the "high" category with dry conditions. Only a trace of precipitation came in October, while a mere two-tenths of an inch fell in November.

Fire season on the mountain typically ends in late September or early October, but right now, it is still very dry. Last year, we had a healthy layer of snow by Thanksgiving. Visitors are now warned to be extra careful.

For nearly 20 years, one man has called the mountain home. He's known as "Bam Bam" -- no last name needed.

"I like a lifestyle away from the city," said Bam Bam. "Small community kind of feel."

He says life in paradise comes at a cost. The threat of a wildfire is constant.

"What concerns me the most is people who don't live up here, that don't have that regard," said Bam Bam. "Come up here, throw their cigarette butts out the window."

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Residents aren't the only ones who have noticed.

"I was hoping we'd see a little bit of snow but there's nothing. It's just all dry," said hiker Ricky Torturica.

It's well into December and hikers barely have to bundle up.

With no real rain since September, fire season drags on. A one-acre fire near Mary Jane Falls was reported just two and a half weeks ago.

"That one was caused by someone leaving a campfire in the woods and that's probably our main cause of fire this time of year," said Naaman Horn with the U.S. Forest Service.

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Horn says while the risk here is nowhere near what residents are experiencing in Southern California, the Mary Jane Fire serves as a reminder that a single spark can lead to disaster.

Bam Bam agrees.

"Oh yeah, it's horrible, I feel for them because we've lived through it here. We've been evacuated a couple times and lived with the real threat we weren't going to see our homes again," said Bam Bam.

The biggest fire was the Carpenter One Fire in 2013. More than 28,000 acres burned. Smoke billowed into the Las Vegas Valley for weeks.

Now, year-round fire restrictions help.

"You can't have a fire near developed areas or within a mile of any residence," said Horn.

But what the mountain really needs now is snow.

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