I don't know if anyone here has been to Mount Charleston just outside of Las Vegas, but it is currently being evacuated and the road between Las Vegas and Mount Charleston has been blocked off due to a 1,250 acre wildfire which I can actually partly see if I step outside my home which is on the far western side of the city near Mount Charleston. Thankfully though it does not sound like the wildfire is going to reach Las Vegas.
it was weird tonight watching the fireworks shoot off from the Red Rock Casino in front of a mountain that is visibly on fire
with the flames, the hills outside of Las Vegas at night really look like Mordor
with the heat and winds, the fire (which has now crested over the peak of Mount Charleston) is expected to spread in size tomorrow and over the weekend
Wow, stay safe Vegas and keep us posted if you can.
Last Edit: Jul 5, 2013 11:17:04 GMT -5 by cruefan68
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Due to the heat, high winds, and lack of regional precipitation, reportedly not much progress was made on containing the fire today which has forced 500 evacuations and is currently threatening about 400 structures in areas surrounding Las Vegas.
They are using the high school I teach at as the command post and as a place the firemen can encamp which makes sense because of the 48 high schools in our district we are actually the school closest to the fire so it is a good place to concentrate their resources.
the situation has gotten somewhat worse as the first structure was destroyed and the fire is getting closer to some homes in the area of Kyle Canyon (right now I am really glad my offer from a few years ago to buy this one home in the hills even closer to where the fire is happening was rejected.)
the fire was considered 15% contained but it is now considered only 10% contained, but still probably not a threat to the city of Las Vegas itself