Mahogany Fire Now Ten Percent Contained

Better Weather Conditions Allowed Firefighters To Make Progress

Paul Ihander
June 30, 2020 - 8:21 am
Overhead shot of the Mahogany Fire from 6-28-20

Humboldt-Toiyabe NF

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - Tuesday, 5a Update; Improved weather conditions allowed crews battling the Mohogany Fire in the Spring Mountains northwest of Las Vegas to make some inroads on the blaze Monday.

The fire, which broke out Sunday afternoon, has burned just over 2,800 acres. That's a revised number from the original estimate of 5,000 acres from Sunday night. No structures have been burned and no injuries have been reported. Containment as of 7am was reported at ten percent.

State Routes 156 and 157, which lead to Lee Canyon and Mt Charleston respectively, have reopened to traffic. State Route 158 remains closed.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined but investigators says they believe it was caused by humans.

A second, smaller fire broke out in the Wallace Canyon area west of Mt. Charleston. Dubbed, the Wallace Fire, it's believed to have been sparked by lightning. Roughly 20 acres have been burned

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Monday, 9a update: A fire estimated at over 5,000 acres continues to burn in the Spring Mountains just northwest of Las Vegas. The cause of the fire, which broke out around 2:30pm Sunday, hasn't been determined. 

High winds on Sunday made firefighting efforts difficult and water drops from the air impossible, and it's hoped that the combination of lighter winds, cooler temps and higher humidity will help firefighters gain the upper hand.

State Routes 156, 157 and 158 are closed, and NHP says that's expected to continue for at least the next couple of days. Evacuations are underway up at Lee Canyon. Those choosing to evacuate Lee Canyon are being sent to James Bilbray Elementary School.

Winds that had been blowing from the southwest are expected to shift to the north on Monday morning, bringing more smoke into the Valley

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Sunday, 8p update: National Forest Service officials peg fire at 5000 acres and zero containment as it spreads to the East.  Lee Canyon evacuated.  High winds have kept air attack grounded.

Sunday, 3p: A wildfire at Mt. Charleston prompted evacuations and road closures Sunday afternoon as crews try to bring the wind-whipped wildfire under control.

According to the Forest Service, the fire broke out near Mahogany Grove campground just off of Deer Creek Road around 2:20p Sunday.   The smoke is clearly visible from across Southern Nevada.

Winds are gusting 60+ mph, making the firefighting effort challenging.