Man refuses to evacuate home on Mount Charleston
The Rainbow subdivision near Kyle Canyon was one of the first communities evacuated after the wildfire spread to the other side of Mount Charleston.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Rainbow subdivision near Kyle Canyon was one of the first communities evacuated after the wildfire spread to the other side of Mount Charleston.
But one man refused to leave his home. 63-year-old Rodney Giles said he's not leaving until he absolutely has to.
He's been spraying his property with water to prevent it from catching fire. At one point, he said a wall of fire was less than 300 feet from his cabin.
He's lived in the cabin since 1974 and since then, has been through three other forest fires.
Giles cannot afford homeowner's insurance because he said the last fire doubled his required payment.
He's been keeping in constant contact with some of his neighbors who evacuated. Every day, he goes and checks on their homes.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department worries that Giles is putting rescue crews at risk because it's their responsibility to check on his safety.
But Giles said the crews have not been checking on him specifically. He said they simply do checks of the neighborhoods periodically to make sure no homes have caught fire.
He said it's his right to stay with his home and commends the firefighters for their hard work in fighting the blaze.