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US Forest Service: Mahogany Fire near Mt. Charleston human caused

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The US Forest Service says the Mahogany Fire near Mt. Charleston was human caused. Containment also improved and is now at 40%.

There are currently 385 people working against the blaze on day four of the incident. The nearly 2,800-acre fire is located between Kyle Canyon and Lee Canyon

Firefighters are continuing to battle the Mahogany fire around Angel Peak.

“With the fire not being controlled we don’t want to rule anything out of danger,” Kyle Esparza of Great Basin Team 7. “The helicopters were up as soon as they could.”

Crews were out getting an early start Wednesday to contain the flames before weather conditions changed. 

“As the burning period gets closer, the wind gets higher and the temps keep going up it definitely raises the bar that you could have a little bit more of chance for the fire to pick up,” Esparza said... Read More

Siblings separated in foster care reunite for day of fun

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — For siblings separated in foster care, this hasn’t been an easy few months. 

Not only have they been physically living in separate foster care homes, but also the pandemic has prevented them from being together for visits. 

We're proud to welcome @StJudesRanch to the LVMGP for a wonderful Community of Hope Siblings Preservation. St. Jude's Ranch for Children has been providing a safe, nurturing home for thousands of abused children for more than 52 years in our community. #vegasstrong #nonprofit pic.twitter.com/cFvghwvsKK... Read More

Aria, Mandalay Bay reopen ahead of holiday weekend

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — More casinos and resorts are re-opening as we head towards the holiday weekend. While this is good for the economy, it’s also prompting concern from some.

The Aria welcomed back guests to the sounds of cheers and clapping. 

Guests were greeted by the new lobby installation, “Dandelion Forest,” accompanied by a large American flag for this weekend. 

“It’s one of the best hotels that I like here, so we’re excited to be here,” said Kayla McBrayer, visiting from Toledo.

“We have some excellent business on the books,” said Andy Meese, vide president of hotel operations. “A lot of guests will be arriving so we’re ready for a very busy weekend.”

Mandalay Bay also opened its doors, with many people heading to the casino floor. 

The Ghazarian family drove in from Los Angeles, excited to be back on the strip. ... Read More

LIST: Rental and eviction resources

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated local individuals’ struggles as many are losing income and can’t afford to pay their incoming bills.

8 News Now has compiled a list of resources aimed at helping those who are having troubles paying their rent and mortgage. This list includes free programs and grant applications.

*NOTE ON NEVADA’S EVICTION MORATORIUM*

On Thursday, June 25, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced the eviction moratorium will end in phases starting on Wednesday, July 1.

Landlords can start charging rent again, and that does include any rent owed the past few months during the pandemic... Read More

Bank of America temporarily closes some Las Vegas banks due to staffing shortages

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Bank of America has temporarily closed some of their banks across Las Vegas due to staffing shortages, according to a statement from the company.

Bank of America says it expects to reopen all the closed financial centers “soon.”

8 News Now has received multiple calls from viewers regarding the closures across the valley. While some locations are temporarily closed, Bank of America says they have full service ATMs onsite for customers to perform transactions.

According to its website, the financial centers that are temporarily closed include:... Read More

New laws in effect July 1, 2020, including minimum wage increase

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Another round of new laws for Nevada, including an increase to the minimum wage, went into effect Wednesday.

Here’s a look at the news laws effective July, 1, 2020:... Read More

Rehab center near UMC reports 43 COVID-19 cases, one patient’s death

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A rehabilitation center across the street from University Medical Center is reporting 43 positive tests for COVID-19 and one death.

St. Joseph Transitional Rehabilitation Center had not previously appeared on the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services’ list of sites affected by COVID9-19.

At St. Joseph, 27 patients and 17 staff members tested positive. The single death was a patient.

Also, the High Desert State Prison has reported positive tests weeks after testing began. With 11 inmates and 8 staff members testing positive, High Desert now has a total of 19 COVID-19 cases.

And Las Vegas Community Correctional Center... Read More