LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Mt. Charleston Lodge is “pretty much gone,” according to Metro police at the scene of a fire this morning in Kyle Canyon.
Firefighters report that the lodge was “fully involved” when they arrived at the scene before sunrise on Friday, according to information from Larry Haydu, assistant chief of the Clark County Fire Department.
CCFD Deputy Chief Thomas Touchstone provided an update Friday around 11 a.m. on the lodge fire:
The Mt. Charleston Fire Department battled the blaze with help from the Clark County Fire Department.
Volunteer firefighters were the first on the scene, and the Las Vegas Fire Department did the bulk of the work in extinguishing the fire, Touchstone said.
“Everybody loves the lodge. It’s such a Vegas tradition. I mean, it’s really heartbreaking,” said Cindi Reed, who was on the mountain Friday morning.
“We were actually planning to eat breakfast there this morning. We ate there for breakfast yesterday,” she said.
She said there was a giant column of smoke coming from the area this morning.
“I love Mount Charleston. This is a home away from home for every Las Vegan, and so it breaks my heart to think of the lodge being on fire because that’s one of my favorite places, too,” Reed said.
The lodge was closed at the time.
Access to Kyle Canyon is affected, and the Nevada Department of Transportation has blocked the road. Touchstone said access to the area near the lodge will not be restored soon, as firefighters continue to monitor the fire scene.
RECREATION AREAS CLOSED TO PUBLIC
Due to the Mt. Charleston Lodge fire and road closure, the Cathedral Rock picnic area, trailhead, and trail on the Spring Mountains National Recreation are not accessible to the public at this time, according to The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Service.
The public can still access the Echo, Trail Canyon, and Mary Jane Falls Trailheads.
In a statement from Mount Charleston Lodge, Christina Ellis, Ellis Island Hotel, Casino & Brewery Marketing Director calls it a tragedy.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that the Mount Charleston Lodge burned down this morning,” she said. “Most importantly, none of our team members nor any members of the Mount Charleston community were harmed in the fire. The surrounding area and the cabins were both left untouched. We’d like to thank all the first responders who assisted with keeping everything contained this morning. The Lodge was a beloved landmark, and we plan on rebuilding and recreating the atmosphere and charm that so many were able to enjoy throughout the years.”
The lodge, at the top of Kyle Canyon Road — SR157 — is a popular place for Las Vegas valley residents and hikers coming off the mountain. The restaurant and surrounding cabins are usually busy all year round.
A Facebook post from The Retreat at Mount Charleston — the larger hotel that is lower on Kyle Canyon Road — said, “Our hearts break for The Lodge family. The historic location is an important part of the Mount Charleston community.”
The Retreat pledged its support for the fire crew and “our Mount Charleston family.”
Emergency vehicles were on the scene, very close to popular trailheads on the mountain.
The Mount Charleston Lodge is located at Kyle Canyon Road, 50 minutes from Las Vegas.