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Mt. Charleston is no stranger to major wildfires throughout history

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Updated: 7/05/2013 6:06 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Major fires are nothing new for the Mount Charleston area. In fact, emergency crews have been putting large out for almost a century.
Early fires just burnt themselves out, But by 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps was working in the area, and put out a large blaze on the western slopes.

A few years later, the CCC was on the job again, helped out on a lightning fire by rainy conditions. 1961 saw perhaps the largest fire the area has seen, but a multi-agency 900-man force put out the flames after five days.

In 1975, the first Robbers Roost fire was front page news, and the next year, nearby Angel Peak was the scene of a smaller blaze that was fought by 150 people.
In 1981, nearby cold creek lost 1,200 acres to flames.

More recently, a second Robbers Roost fire in 2004 destroyed about 300 acres, and in 2010, the Cathedral Fire cause the evacuation of several communities on the Kyle Canyon side, but did not make it over the hill to lee.

So far, none of these fires have swept through any populated areas. But once again, those communities are on edge, with smoke and ash coming down from the slopes above.

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