UPDATE: Power has been restored to Mt. Charleston customers, according to NV Energy. The company said it appreciates the community’s support in its work to prevent wildfires. The power was shut off Tuesday morning around 6:45 a.m.
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Power was shut off Tuesday morning to customers on Mt. Charleston due to elevated fire conditions, according to NV Energy.
The power outage began at 6:45 a.m. and impacts 470 customers.
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue said there is a fire weather warning due to the windy conditions and hot temperatures which make perfect conditions for a fire to spread easily.
Wind gusts in the Las Vegas valley are expected to be around 40 mpg and 50 mph or higher in the mountains.
There is no word yet when the power will be turned back on.
Jesse Murray, NV Energy’s vice president for electrical delivery in Nevada, provided a situation report at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday:
Murray explained the factors that went into the decision to shut down power on the mountain.
He said gusts of 75 mph were recorded at Angel Peak, and the wind speeds were expected to peak between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. More information is available on NV Energy’s website.
In July 2013, there was a large fire on Mt. Charleston that grew to 28,000 acres before it was contained causing major damage.