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Fire officials warn of high winds ahead of holiday weekend, continue fighting Mahogany Fire

Wildfire forces closure of Lee Canyon Road
Posted at 6:56 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 23:41:13-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Parts of Lee Canyon Road were closed Thursday along with upper Lee Canyon Road on Friday as fire crews continue to fight the Mahogany Fire near Mount Charleston.

The closures come as many families hope to go up the mountain for the holiday weekend.

Windy and dry conditions have fueled the flames and created a challenge for firefighters, who have the blaze at 64% containment as of Thursday evening.

Mahogany Fire remains 2,794 acres, 64% contained Thursday evening

Crews have been focusing on containing a perimeter and removing brush and trees.

"We have a lot of work left to do with vegetation," says Jeremy Kiesling, the incident commander trainee for Great Basin Team District 7, which is fighting the wildfire that started Sunday. "We have a lot of water sources out here so we're having to use aviation to clean up those hot edges."

Fire crews are still investigating, but they do believe this may have started with an illegal campfire. Now, they're sending out a warning to anybody who plans to come up for 4th of July weekend.

"Check the ashes and never leave a fire unattended," Kiesling said. "You need to stir it with water and make sure it's totally out."

Lee Canyon Road is closed where it intersects with State Route 158, but crews will continue to reevaluate those closures.