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Updated: 7/08/2013 1:48 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV/ -- Lightning that sparked the Carpenter 1 wildfire one week ago is only 15 percent contained; and has spread to more than 14,000 acres.  

A new management team took over Sunday morning to run things out of Centennial High School. On Sunday night, a community meeting was held with homeowners who were forced to evacuate their mountain homes.

"It's hot, dry, steep," said Type One Incident Commander Rich Harvey to hundreds of homeowners in the auditorium.

The Type 1 team of firefighters, one by one, assessed the latest of the Carpenter 1 fire.

"It's tough for us we live here, " said Clark County Deputy Fire Chief Fernandez Leary, "...that's our mountain as well."

As firefighters addressed their current plan of action, homeowners also had issues they addressed such as a more aggressive approach.

"What does it take to have 20 helicopters?" one man shouted.

"I feel we are doing a pretty good job of getting resources in here," Harvey told homeowners, who then quickly followed his statement with applause.

Amy Williams live in Old Town in the Kyle Canyon area.

"It's hard because it's my home. I don't have a home in Las Vegas. It's been my home for 36 years. It's emotional," Williams said.

She says perhaps better decisions could have been made, but that it's time to move forward.

"I'm just hopeful what they said is true that they got it under control so we can go back home," Williams said.

No time has been set yet for homeowners to return, but while some left discouraged, many seemed encouraged.

"You can't place blame on anybody. You know the guys up there are doing the best they can do. They're not putting anyone's life in danger to save a house or save a tree. That's just crazy," said homeowner Dennis Lovell.

"I have enough faith to think that it's going to work and that I even feel better now than when I walked in," said homeowner Dave Sandquist.

So while homeowners learned more about the fight, some watched the smoke on the mountain a little bit longer.

"We all live in a forest. We know this can happen and we all hope that it doesn't and those guys are going to get up there and do the best they can with what they got," Lovell said.

Firefighters got some relief from the rain, however it was a mixed blessing because it also brought winds and lightning.



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