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Firefighters making progress fighting 14,100-acre wildfire

The sun sets Friday evening in a picture taken from Lone Mountain and I-215. (Kristi Macaluso)
The sun sets Friday evening in a picture taken from Lone Mountain and I-215. (Kristi Macaluso)
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Updated: 7/07/2013 5:30 pm
MT. CHARLESTON (KSNV -- More than 600 firefighters are making progress fighting a wildfire that has burned near Mount Charleston for nearly a week.

The Carpenter 1 fire  has burned more than 14,100 acres and is now 15 percent contained. More than 600 firefighters are involved.

Information released by the U.S. Forest Service shortly before 10 a.m. today said the fire may move north into Kyle and Lee canyons, southwest toward Trout Creek and east to Lovell Canyon and Harris Springs Canyon. During the next 24 hours, it may hook north into the lower end of Kyle Canyon.

The fire has generally been burning in an eastward direction since it started about noon Monday with a dry lightning strike in Trout Canyon.

Firefighters have been primarily working to protect structures while assessing options to contain the fire, the report stated.

About 520 people have been evacuated from the area.

Today's weather conditions -- more clouds and some spotty thunderstorms -- were helping firefighters to a degree. Winds that had been up to 35 mph on Saturday were reported at 15 mph today. There were also some isolated showers in and near the fire area Sunday morning.

A Forest Service estimate Saturday evening said 14,108 acres have burned, up from 9,030 acres through Friday afternoon.

"So far we have had no injuries and no structures have been lost," Jay Nichols, information officer for the Spring Mountains Recreation area said Sunday morning. "About 400 residential structures are at risk ... that means someof them are within a mile or so of the fire. There are about another 100 outbuildings such as animal sheds that are also at risk."

The fire command post was moved to Centennial High School in northwest Las Vegas. It had been in Pahrump for the first several days as the fire was primarily in Trout Canyon on the west side of the Spring Mountains.

Nichols said 628 personnel were fighting the fire as of Sunday and more firefighters were continuing to arrive.

A Type 1 fire team, led by Rich Harvey and known as the Great Basin Incident Management Team No. 2, assumed command of the fire at 6 a.m. today.

There are 16 teams fighting the fire, including eight Hotshot crews

Five heavy helicopters are being used to drop water while four heavy air tankers and a DC-10 air tanker, which can drop 11,700 gallons per load, are being used to drop water or fire retardant.

On the ground, there are eight water tenders and 29 fire engines.

Smoke from the fire has caused a smoke and ozone advisory to be issued by Clark County that has been extended at least through today and likely will be extended as long as smoke is in the air.

The Red Cross has set up two shelters, one at Hafen Elementary in Pahrump on the south and west side of the fire and the other at James Bilbray Elementary at 9370 Brent Lane in Las Vegas on the east side of the fire.

The shelters are open 24 hours a day. Local governmental partners are making animal sheltering available for animals and pets of all types.

Red Cross also delivering food and water to residents gathering at the perimeter of the evacuation areas.

Road closures include: Lee Canyon Road. (State Route 156) is closed at U.S. 95., Kyle Canyon Road (State Route 57) is closed at U.S. Route 95, Trout Canyon Road is closed at State Route 160, Lovell Canyon Road is closed at Trout Canyon Road.

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