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Ski Resort Not Impacted by Mt. Charleston Fire

Ski Resort Not Impacted by Mt. Charleston Fire

The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort will be open Thursday and through the holiday weekend despite the Carpenter One fire burning on Mount Charleston.

The resort offers a break from the heat in the Las Vegas valley with scenic chairlift rides, lawn games and live music. There is also overnight RV and tent camping.

According to the resort, it is working closely with the U.S. Forest Service to monitor the fire, but they both believe it does not pose a threat to Lee Canyon.

The fire is currently burning on the western side of the mountain. However, the resort will change plans if the fire impacts the ski resort.  

Officials Warn of Fire Dangers on Mount Charleston

LAS VEGAS - Current fire threats in southern Nevada are the worst in decades according to the U.S. Forest Service. Forest Service officials are asking people who travel to Mount Charleston to take steps to reduce the risk of forest fires.

Temperatures on the mountain are typically 15 to 20 degrees cooler than the valley, which is why so many people visit Mount Charleston this time of year.

Mount Charleston is not immune, however, to dry conditions. That means visitors to the mountain will face restrictions this summer. You can't have campfires. Fireworks are also prohibited.

Most fires in the Mount Charleston area are either caused by people or lightning. As monsoon season approaches, the likelihood of lightning strikes and the risk of fires increase.

U.S. Rep. Horsford Undergoes Cardiac Surgical Procedure

U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford

LAS VEGAS -- U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford had non-elective "cardiac surgical procedure" Monday to address a hereditary condition, his office said in a statement.

Calling the procedure "successful," the decision to operate was made during a routine annual physical examination. It is unclear if he had heart surgery or another procedure.

Horsford's doctors expect a full recovery, the statement said. He will be recovering for the next few weeks.

Horsford, 40, represents Nevada's Congressional District 4.

In a statement, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said, "This afternoon, Kathleen and I expressed our thoughts and prayers to Congressman Horsford and his family. Congressman Horsford has been a vocal supporter of Nevada and his constituents and we extend our sincerest wishes for a full recovery."

Crews Continue to Fight Small Mt. Charleston Fires

LAS VEGAS -- Crews are continuing to battle two small wildfires in the Mount Charleston area, the Bureau of Land Management released in a statement Monday.

The lightning-sparked fires were ignited Saturday in the La Madre Mountain Wilderness, about 20 miles north of Las Vegas, just south of State Route 157, also called Kyle Canyon Road.

The first fire is contained at 11.5 acres and is expected to be under control Monday evening. One engine has been called to the scene.

The second fire is at 10.5 acres and is expected to be contained Tuesday. Three hand crews, a helicopter and an engine is on the scene.

No injuries have been reported and no buildings are threatened.

Metro Officers Identified from Pirates Cove Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- The officers involved in the June 27 shooting which occurred in the 7100 block of Pirates Cove Road have been identified as Sergeant Roderick Hun and Officer Jay James.

Sergeant Hunt is 48-years-old and has been with the LVMPD since 1989. He is currently assigned to the LVMPD Emergency Operations Bureau, SWAT section.

Officer James is 40-years-old and has been with the LVMPD since 2000. He is also assigned to the LVMPD Emergency Operations Bureau, Swat section.

Both Hunt and James have been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the review of this event.


Crews Responding to Fires on Mt. Charleston

LAS VEGAS -- The Bureau of Land Management says fire crews are dealing with two small fires in the Mt. Charleston area.

The fires are about an acre each in upper elevation areas near State Route 157 and U.S. 95 off Harris Springs Road.

The BLM says they were started by dry lightning around 3:45 Saturday afternoon.

About 30 to 50 firefighters with the BLM and the U.S. Forestry Service are responding.

No structures are being threatened, and city or county crews have not yet been called in.

Athletes Try to Toughen Out the Heat

LAS VEGAS -- Organizers cut a tournament short last weekend after a player and umpire needed to be treated for heat-related illness.

Teams of young athletes were out in the heat Sunday competing for a chance to play in a national championship.

Some of the softball players at the Premier Girls Fast Pitch Tournament played five games Saturday and returned Sunday for three more.

Maddie Smith lost track of how many bottles of water she drank.

"I mean we have to wear shin guards and a chest protector and a helmet, and we're constantly in the game," said Smith, who's the catcher for the OC Lionettes. "So, it's a little bit hot."

Smith has been playing softball for as long as she can remember, but she can't recall a tournament more grueling than this one.