US Forest Service: Mahogany Fire near Mt. Charleston human caused

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The US Forest Service says the Mahogany Fire near Mt. Charleston was human caused. Containment also improved and is now at 40%.

There are currently 385 people working against the blaze on day four of the incident. The nearly 2,800-acre fire is located between Kyle Canyon and Lee Canyon

Firefighters are continuing to battle the Mahogany fire around Angel Peak.

“With the fire not being controlled we don’t want to rule anything out of danger,” Kyle Esparza of Great Basin Team 7. “The helicopters were up as soon as they could.”

Crews were out getting an early start Wednesday to contain the flames before weather conditions changed. 

“As the burning period gets closer, the wind gets higher and the temps keep going up it definitely raises the bar that you could have a little bit more of chance for the fire to pick up,” Esparza said.

Earlier Wednesday, 420 people were working the fire, a number that doubled from Tuesday.

“That helps a ton because with all the open line you have out there it’s quite a bit,” Esparza said. “You get stretched thin with the small amount of folks.”

Crews are enhancing efforts to surround the perimeter.

“This fire has not moved since the first day,” Espanza said.

Helicopters used the Lee Canyon reservoir to pick up water on Wednesday. The resort not is in any danger at the moment. 

“Obviously things can change, but as of right now they don’t see the potential for the fire to move up in that direction,” said Jim Seely, marketing director for Lee Canyon.

The Lee Canyon and Kyle Canyon roads remain open.

Firefighters ask visitors to respect the blockades in place. We’re told some are sneaking around them and that puts lives in danger.

Local firefighters were able to return to their home stations after more crews and engines came Wednesday.

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