Forest fire near Mount Charleston grows to 5,000 acres


A forest fire near Mount Charleston fueled by windy conditions on Sunday afternoon had increased to more than 5,000 acres by nightfall, leading to evacuations, road closures and power outages.

There was 0% containment at 7:15 pm, when the US Forest Service announced that evacuation of Kyle Canyon was ordered when the flames pushed east.

There were no reports of injuries.

The regional chapter of the American Red Cross announced that it had opened a shelter at James Bilbray Elementary School, 9370 Brent Lane, near Sky Pointe and Sky Canyon Park.

NV Energy said on Twitter that it had cut power to Mount Charleston for the safety of the firefighting equipment, noting that the outage could last until Monday.

Fire crews were called around 2:40 pm to the area near the Archery Range and Deer Creek highways and estimated that 10 acres were burning, firefighters said.

But with winds of 20 to 30 mph, the burn area rapidly expanded to 200 acres at 3:10 pm, authorities said. At 5:30 pm, the US Forest Service reported, the fire had increased to more than 400 acres.

Forest Service spokesman Ray Johnson told KSNV-TV that excessive winds impeded the use of aircraft to fight the fire, adding that they were pushing the fire “much faster” than under normal circumstances.

Forest service “crews,” field units that specialize in preventing the spread of forest fires, were summoned but had to travel and were not expected until later tonight, Johnson told the television station.

The fire ignited when southern Nevada was under a wind alert, with gusts of up to 50 mph, the National Weather Service said, noting that conditions were best for a fire, and urged residents to take precautions with campfires. , grills and fireworks until Monday.

Twelve units from four agencies, the Mount Charleston Fire Protection District, the Clark County Fire Department, the US Forest Service and the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Department, are fighting what It has been called a mahogany fire, authorities said. “The goal remains to contain and extinguish the flames as well as protect the exposed structures,” said a press release from the Mount Charleston Fire Protection District.

The Spring Mountain youth camp was evacuated, authorities said.

NV Energy said on Twitter that it had cut power to Mount Charleston for the safety of the firefighting equipment.

Deer Creek Road, also known as State Route 158, was closed in the area, the Nevada Highway Patrol said.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak said his office was monitoring the fire.

Columns of smoke from the fire could be seen in all areas of Las Vegas.

The wildfire evoked images of the 2013 Carpenter 1 fire that started seven years ago this week in Mount Charleston. That forest fire, caused by lightning on July 1, 2013, burned for more than a month and engulfed nearly 28,000 acres of land. The Carpenter 1 fire was declared fully contained on August 18, 2013.

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