The Mahogany Fire near Mount Charleston was still about 40 percent contained as of Thursday morning, and officials didn’t have an estimate for when it would be extinguished.
The Mahogany Fire near Mount Charleston is now estimated to be about 2,700 acres with about 10 percent of the blaze contained, a fire official said.
“We have roughly 240 personnel assigned to the fire with more arriving throughout the day,” said Brandon Hampton, a fire information officer for Great Basin Team 7.
Ray Johnson of the U.S. Forest Service said firefighters were using “crop duster size” aircraft to attack the Mahogany Fire, which remained at 5,000 acres in size with 0 percent containment.“Right now we have air attack over the fire,” Johnson said.Johnson said larger aircraft were en route to help fight the fire. Simultaneously he said firefighters were fighting a much smaller fire in Wallace Canyon and they were investigating a report from the Nye County Sheriff’s Office that a smaller fire had started in either “Carpenter Canyon or Trout Canyon.”Johnson reiterates that the Mahogany Fire is believed to have been started by human activity but investigators still were working to confirm thisThe fire in Wallace was likely caused by lightning, he said.Regarding the Mahogany Fire Johnson said “it will not be contained today and it may not be contained for a few days.”
Ray Johnson with the U.S. Forest Service of the U.S. Forest Service gives an update on the Mahogany Fire
The Mahogany fire started around 240pm Sunday and spread to about 5,000 acres. This morning, people on the ground are saying it may have spread to 10,000 acres overnight due to winds. Jennifer Sparks, spokeswoman for the Red Cross, said As of this morning no evacuees had used the agency’s services but anyone in need of shelter or resources was encouraged to stop by James Bilbray Elementary School in northwest Las Vegas.
Timelapse of Mt.Charleston Mahogany fire as seen from Skye Canyon. (Andrea Leal)