Breaking: UWC evacuated as crews battle wildfire

Breaking: UWC evacuated as crews battle wildfire

From the Las Vegas Optic

Fire crews from multiple agencies began fighting a wildlife Friday afternoon about five miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Located southwest of Montezuma, the Peterson Fire has burned about 20 acres and caused the evacuation of the United World College-USA.

Carl-Martin Nelson with UWC-USA said school security notified him of the fire around 2 p.m., and “out of an abundance of caution,” school officials evacuated the roughly 220 students on campus. The students were taken to the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Nelson said they were prepared to spend the night there if necessary, but he hoped it wouldn’t be needed.