Mandatory evacuations ordered in wildfire at Mt. Charleston - Tucson News Now

Mandatory evacuations ordered in wildfire at Mt. Charleston

Fire at Mt. Charleston's Cathedral Rock. (Courtesy: Bryan Hollingsworth) Fire at Mt. Charleston's Cathedral Rock. (Courtesy: Bryan Hollingsworth)
MT. CHARLESON (FOX5) -

The Nevada Highway Patrol has shut down State Route 156, also known as Lee Canyon Road, and State Route 157, known as Kyle Canyon Road, because of a fire.

The roads are closed at U.S. 95. The NHP said that the fire is in the area of Lee Canyon Road. Police have evacuated some residents in the area and visitors were sent down the mountain as a precaution.

The fire is the Carpenter 1 fire, the same wildfire that has been scorching the Pahrump side of the mountain since Monday. 

Link: Time-lapse video of the Carpenter fire as seen from the Pahrump side

Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort was evacuated and closed. There is no word yet on when it will re-open.

The fire, along with smoke from fireworks and other regional fires, prompted Clark County air quality officials to post an alert for unhealthful air quality conditions on Thursday evening.

The people who run Bonnie Springs Ranch are offering to help those who have been evacuated. You may leave your horse or other large animals with them free of charge. For information, call 702-875-4400.

As of Thursday evening, the fire has spread to approximately 2,000 acres and is zero percent contained. The American Red Cross has set up shelters on both sides of the mountain, one at James Bilbray Elementary on the east side and the other at Hafen Elementary on the Pahrump side.

Stay with FOX5 for updates on this developing story.

Copyright 2013 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • TUCSON'S TOP 3: What you need to know to start your day

    Friday, June 23 2017 7:54 AM EDT2017-06-23 11:54:23 GMT
    Mark Napier (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)Mark Napier (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)

    Good morning!  We're getting your day started with top stories you may have missed, plus other headlines you need to be following today. For all your local news, watch KOLD News 13 This Morning at 6 a.m.

    Good morning!  We're getting your day started with top stories you may have missed, plus other headlines you need to be following today. For all your local news, watch KOLD News 13 This Morning at 6 a.m.

  • T-wolves draft UA's Markkanen; trade rights to Bulls

    T-wolves draft UA's Markkanen; trade rights to Bulls

    Friday, June 23 2017 5:05 AM EDT2017-06-23 09:05:38 GMT
    Lauri Markkanen. (Source: Associated Press)Lauri Markkanen. (Source: Associated Press)

    UA standout Lauri Markkanen was an NBA Draft night trade pick from Minnesota to Chicago.

    UA standout Lauri Markkanen was an NBA Draft night trade pick from Minnesota to Chicago.

  • Suns draft Josh Jackson with fourth overall pick

    Suns draft Josh Jackson with fourth overall pick

    Friday, June 23 2017 3:12 AM EDT2017-06-23 07:12:42 GMT

    The Phoenix Suns picked up a small forward, a shooting guard and a power forward with their three picks in the NBA Draft.

    The Phoenix Suns picked up a small forward, a shooting guard and a power forward with their three picks in the NBA Draft.

Powered by Frankly