LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The human-caused Mahogany Fire, which ignited on Sunday, June 28 and burned nearly 2,800 acres near Mt. Charleston, is now 98% contained. There are 216 personnel fighting the fire, according to officials with the Humboldt-Toyaibe National Forest.
State Route 156, or Lee Canyon Road, reopened west of SR158 in Clark County Monday morning.
All of SR158 will remain closed, from the junction with SR157 to the junction with SR156 while firefighters continue to work in the area, NDOT says.
The map below outlines the Mahogany Fire.
The red areas are areas of open line where crews are continuing to work. The black on the map are areas where crews had full containment on the fires of early Thursday afternoon.
Firefighters have made progress this week following the flames igniting on Sunday, near the Mahogany Campsite between Kyle Canyon and Lee Canyon.
“It was a campfire, human caused,” said Jeremy Kiesling, incident command trainee. “It wasn’t in the campsite. It was a camp outside the campground that was in the woods.”
“I would’ve bet $100 against a dollar on that,” said Lee Canyon resident George Crosby.
Crosby and his wife live in Lee Canyon. He says dry conditions make the mountain optimal for wildfires right now.
“Up here we haven’t had rain in so long, we don’t know how to spell rain anymore,” Crosby said.
Efforts on the ground and air this week helped stop the spread. A focus remains on the southern and eastern sides of the mountain where there are spot fires.
“They’re doing an extremely good job for the terrain they’re on which is very, very steep,” Crosby said.
A portion of Lee Canyon Road was closed Thursday near SR 158 as helicopters continued to access the reservoir at the Lee Canyon Ski Resort and crews work to remove certain trees.
“Doing a falling operation following some hazardous trees along the road just incase the fire gets up and moves around again,” Kiesling said.
It remains unknown when firefighters will have full containment.
Lee Canyon Resort will be closed through Sunday due to the Mahogany Fire. Upper Lee Canyon Road will be closed until Monday.
Updates on Lee Canyon’s operations will be made on Lee Canyon’s social media and on its website, www.leecanyonlv.com.