Clark County issues Declaration of Emergency for Mt. Charleston

LAS VEGAS - Clark County has issued a Declaration of Emergency for Mount Charleston due to avalanche conditions in the Spring Mountains.

According to the declaration, recent storm activity has resulted in a dangerous accumulation of snow above populated areas on the mountain.

It reads, "The County Manager finds that emergency conditions prevail and threaten the health, life, safety, and welfare of persons and property due to avalanches which are imminent an occurring within the Mt. Charleston area of Clark County, including populated areas within Lee Canyon and Kyle Canyon."

A voluntary evacuation order was issued Tuesday night for Kyle and Lee Canyon areas.

A reported 58 inches has fallen at the Kyle Canyon Fire Station since Jan. 18.  On Monday, the Lee Canyon Ski Area reported a depth of 94 inches of snow.

The Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross has opened a shelter for Mt. Charleston residents who may want to self-evacuate due to the avalanche risk on the mountain. The shelter is located at the YMCA Centennial Hills Community Center at 6601 N. Buffalo Drive. Contact Frank Rutkowski with the Red Cross for more information: (702) 232-6604.

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