Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1200 Franklin Way
Sparks, NV 89431
Mahogany and Wallace Fires Burning on the SMNRA
Las Vegas, NV., June 29, 2020 – Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest resources have responded to several wildfires on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area over the last few days. The two fires that are currently uncontrolled are the Mahogany Fire and Wallace Fire. Both fires started on June 28th.
The Mahogany Fire has burned approximately 3040 acres and spread rapidly due to high winds from a cold front passing through the area. Strong winds kept aircraft grounded yesterday, but ground resources worked throughout the night to establish an anchor point for fireline construction. Firefighters are using able aircraft today, with several large airtainkers applying fire retardant to assist with fireline construction. The acreage has been reduced because of more accurate mapping.
Fire managers are urging the public to avoid the areas of Lee and Kyle Canyon so crews can efficiently move firefighting apparatus. They also ask that drones not be flown anywhere near the fire area, as this can hamper the ability to use firefighting aircraft. An Interagency Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered for this incident.
The American Red Cross had established an evacuation center for those affected by the Mahogany Fire at James H. Bilbray Elementary School at 9370 Brent Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89143. Residents seeking food, water and shelter where encouraged to report to this location for assistance. Should the center be needed again it will be re-established.
The Wallace Fire, burning in the Wallace Canyon area west of Mount Charleston, is believed to be approximately 20 acres in size and is not currently threating any homes or structures.
The cause of both fires remains under investigation.