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

Officials: 'Human behavior' may have caused blaze
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Posted at 5:28 PM, Jun 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 11:24:48-04

UPDATE JULY 3 8:23 A.M.
The Mahogany Fire remains 2,794 acres and is 64% contained. Authorities say it was caused by humans. Click here for the latest information from the U.S. Forest Service.

UPDATE JULY 2 8 P.M.
The Mahogany Fire remains 2,794 acres and is 64% contained. Click here for the latest information from the U.S. Forest Service.

UPDATE JULY 1 8 P.M.
The Mahogany Fire remains 2,794 acres and is 40% contained. Click here for the latest information from the U.S. Forest Service.

UPDATE JULY 1 5:30 A.M.
As of this morning, reports show the Mahogany Fire remains 2,794 acres and 10% contained. We are monitoring the fire closely, check back for updates. Click here for the latest information from the U.S. Forest Service.

UPDATE JUNE 30 10 A.M.
Updated mapping shows the Mahogany Fire is now 2,794 acres and 10% contained.

Kyle Canyon and Lee Canyon are now open, though SR 158 remains closed. Voluntary evacuations have been lifted for Lee Canyon residents. MANDATORY evacuations are still in place for Spring Mountain Youth Camp and other buildings near Angel Peak.

UPDATE JUNE 29 2:44 P.M.
Officials have updated the size of the Mahogany Fire to 3,040 acres and 0% containment.

UPDATE JUNE 29 11:30 A.M. The U.S. Forest Service says air tankers have arrived to drop fire retardant on the flames of the Mahogany Fire. Firefighters are now battling three separate fires. The largest of the three is the Mahogany fire with two smaller fires, about 20 acres, near Wallace Canyon. Investigators believe the Wallace Canyon fire may have been sparked by lightning.

UPDATE JUNE 29 8 A.M. The Red Cross evacuation center at James H. Bilbray Elementary School (9370 Brent Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89143) is now open to residents of Mt. Charleston who are still without power.

UPDATE JUNE 29 7:24 A.M. The Mahogany Fire remains 5,000 acres and 0% contained on Mt. Charleston this morning. Crews say "human behavior" may be to blame for the cause of the fire, though the investigation continues.

Here's the latest on the fire, according to the US Forest Service.

  • Acreage remains 5,000 with no containment.
  • Weather conditions are better today so they'll be able to use aircraft to drop fire retardant- something they could not do yesterday.
  • The fire may have been caused by human behavior, but the investigation is pending. Fire behavior is too extreme for investigators to get in there.
  • No buildings damaged right now.
  • Kyle Canyon residents can stay, for now, they're making changes moment by moment.
  • Weather conditions were calmer overnight and early this morning, but the fire fight is "far from over"officials say. They expect activity to pick up again today
  • There is a new, separate fire in Wallace Canyon (west side near Pahrump) that crews are also battling. That fire is 20 acres and may have been sparked by lightning on Saturday, the Forest Service says.

UPDATE JUNE 29 6:29 A.M. Winds may be calm enough this morning to allow crews to battle the fire with an aircraft. READ MORE

13 Action News Meteorologist and Justin Bruce and Reporter Kelsey McFarland are each following the fire closely. Follow them on Twitter @just1nbruce and @KelseyMarie_TV.

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9:30 P.M.
The American Red Cross of Nevada is opening an evacuation center for residents of Mt. Charleston affected by the Mahogany Fire. they are offering services and assistance at James H. Bilbray Elementary School at 9370 Brent Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89143.

NV Energy says the power has been turned off on the mountain as a precaution and says the power is estimated to be turned back on midday on Monday.

13 Actions News has been informed that youth at Spring Mountain Youth Camp near the fire have been taken to the Juvenile Detention Center at 651 N Pecos Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89101.

8 P.M.
The Mahogany Fire is burning near the Mahogany Grove Campground off of Deer Creek Road between Kyle and Lee Canyon on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. Local, state, county, and federal firefighters are on scene.

At 7:15 p.m., the fire was estimated at 5000 acres with zero percent containment.

Fire officials say the Mahogany Fire is burning in pinyon-juniper and brush and is exhibiting extreme fire behavior, posing containment issues to firefighters.

Aerial firefighting resources are unable to assist due to high winds. Lee Canyon has been evacuated.

An order for a Type 2 Interagency Incident Management Team has been placed.

The fire caught Sheena Montegrande and her boyfriend off-guard while hiking on the mountain.

The saw the fire grow and the smoke change color earlier in the afternoon.

“I didn’t think it was going to be this bad, but we were super scared," says Montegrande. “As we were booking it down, we just see it change from white to black and then get bigger and bigger.”

7:15 P.M.
Fire officials say the Mahogany Fire is now at 5,000 acres, 0% contained, and continues to move east. Lee Canyon has been evacuated.

5:24 P.M.
The Mahogany Fire on Mount Charleston has grown to 400 acres.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Mt. Charleston Fire Protection District (MFPD) responded to a report of an outside brush fire in Mt. Charleston east of Archery Range/Deer Creek on June 28 at about 2:41 p.m.

Four units from the MFPD responded and reported smoke and flames estimating ten acres involved and the fire moving toward the southwest fueled by winds 20-30 mph.

Fire officials say a precautionary evacuation is underway at the Spring Mountain Youth Camp.

Dear Creek Highway near Kyle Canyon Road is closed in both directions on the mountain as a result. Use alternate routes.

Firefighters are making an offensive wildland attack on the fire.

Officials now say the fire has grown in size to 200 acres as of reports at 3:10 pm.

The focus remains on containing and extinguishing the flames as well as protecting exposed structures.

Approximately twelve units are responding or on the scene from the following agencies:

  • MFPD
  • Clark County Fire Department
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

The incident is emerging, with no injuries reported and no confirmed containment.