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Firefighters from several states helping with Carpenter Fire

Reported by: Sandra Gonzalez
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Updated: 7/07/2013 10:46 am
PAHRUMP (KSNV --As the Carpenter 1 wildfire has grown this week causing more than 500 evacuations, the manpower fighting the fire has also grown.

As of Saturday night more than 600 firefighters were helping to get the fire under control.

Part of the increased manpower is Hotshot crews coming from nine states outside of Nevada. Many of them have been reporting to Pahrump at the Ruud Community Center, which has been the main command post.

Larissa Crumm is with the Black Mountain Hotshots and just got off another fire in eastern Nevada. Now she's ready to hit the rugged terrain where the flames of the Carpenter 1 fire have been moving forward.

"It's going to be hot, it's going to be steep. I haven't really seen what the terrain is like there. I haven't really seen what kind of fuel is burning up there," Crumm said.

While she has all her tools ready to get on the front lines, fire engines have also arrived from several states.

They came to the Ruud Community Center which has turned into somewhat of a "firefighter" city. They have been able to rest, shower, eat and receive centralized information.

A fire behavior analyst is even on hand to study this specific fire. Ken Loda with the Bureau of Land Management said this fire is not behaving nicely. In fact he says it's "behaving like a fire."

"It's come close to the perfect storm as far as lending toward extreme behaviors: high spreads, high flame lengths," Loda said.

The U.S. Forest Service says more aircraft has been ordered to also help. So far there has been one very large air tanker, 4 heavy tankers, and at least 5 heavy helicopters.

And with all this extra attention on the fire, people wanted to pay attention to the firefighters. The Leavitt family brought homemade chocolate chip cookies and vitamin water to the firefighters.

"We just thought we could maybe do something to show we care and thank you," Leavitt said.

Their actions were just a little something for a lot of hard work that could go one for a while.



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