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After wildfire, Mt. Charleston Lodge prepares to reopen

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Updated: 7/18/2013 6:33 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & -- People who live on Mount Charleston aren't the only ones impacted by the fire.

There were businesses threatened and shut down and employees out of work without a steady paycheck.

Police are still regulating fairly closely who can go up the mountain.

One person allowed to go up is Thomas Schneekloth, the general manager of the Mount Charleston Lodge, who said that while there was a bit to clean up, they are so lucky because the structure and surrounding area are OK.

“Five or six miles up the mountain we saw some tremendous burn areas right along 157 and it kind of made your heart sink off a little bit,” Schneekloth said.

On Wednesday, Schneekloth was finally able to bring a crew up.

“We were pretty lucky where we are,” Schneekloth said. “We power washed the outside and the decks and there was a little bit of ash.”

But on their website we see the lodge hosts a lot of events. Some that had to be canceled and food spoiled.

“We just had a pretty substantial amount of food we had prepped for the Fourth of July weekend when this all started, and unfortunately we had to throw it away,” Schneekloth said. “But we had the board of health and they gave us the clean bill of health. We got the place spotless and back in shape."

The fire also burned up business forcing the lodge closed for 15 days.
“It's a big financial impact on us,” he said. “July for the last couple years has been our busiest. so we've lost two weeks of what has traditionally been our busiest months of the year and it's something you can never recover from.”

This isn't just tough for the lodge but for all 55 of its employees.

“Unfortunately, with no income we couldn't afford to pay them full salary. We did pay people some hours to get them though. “We also worked quite hard to get them approved for emergency unemployment,” Schneekloth said.

The lodge is hoping for a soft opening on Friday are inviting all the residents on the mountain to stop by for a celebration.




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