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Carpenter fire still 95% contained, flood risk increases

Photo taken at  7:50 pm Monday from Summerlin Lake Mead and the 2-15. (Frank Cuglietta)
Photo taken at 7:50 pm Monday from Summerlin Lake Mead and the 2-15. (Frank Cuglietta)
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Updated: 7/21/2013 12:05 pm
MT. CHARLESTON -- There was little rain but plenty of wind Saturday as firefighters continue their work to contain the three-week-old Carpenter One wildfire in the Springs Mountains.

Wind gusts accompanying Saturday night storms reached 54 mph in Harris Springs, 41 mph in Kyle Canyon and 62 mph at the Red Rock National Conservation Area, but rain did not reach much of the fire area.

The Harris Springs area received .20 inches of rain about 5 p.m. Saturday, but no precipitation was recorded at Kyle or Trout canyons.

At least two engines and supervision remained in Kyle Canyon overnight to bolster local and state fire stations on duty. The weather was calm and clear Sunday morning.

The U.S. Forest Service says cooperation with local agencies and individuals continues to assist post-fire planning.

Clark County firefighters at the Mt. Charleston Station hosted a community gathering Friday where residents discussed their responsibility for protecting private property from potential flooding.

Forest Service resources remain available to assist on local initial attack.

Crews on the fire did further rehab work Saturday, building berms called water bars on some firelines to reduce runoff, and bringing in fire hose.

A Cobra helicopter mapped hot areas in the warmth of daylight using infrared technology and sent the maps instantly to commanders on the ground.

The fire neighborhood has an 80 percent chance of wet thunderstorms Sunday afternoon. The probability of afternoon precipitation remains 60 percent or above through Wednesday.

Potential for flash flooding in fire drainage has increased in the last few days.

There are still 126 firefighters concluding work on the fire that consumed 27,881 acres. It is 95 percent contained and full containment is forecast for mid-August.

--U.S. Forest Service website
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