LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- All residents and workers evacuated from the Mount Charleston area because of the Carpenter 1 wildfire will be allowed to return home no later than Wednesday morning.
Residents, business owners and the employees whose names employers submitted to Metro only will be able to return to Kyle Canyon Wednesday at 10 a.m.
The roughly 30 residents of Trout and Lovell canyons began returning on Sunday morning.
Lee Canyon residents and employees of the ski lodge can return home starting at 10 a.m. Monday.
Residents returning home will be asked for proof of residency, which can include driver’s licenses or utility bills. Employees will only be allowed to return if their names have been previously furnished to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department by their employer.
Residents will be reminded due to ongoing firefighting and fire related activities they are being permitted to return to their homes and places of employment only. Access to State Route 158 is prohibited. Additionally, the law enforcement checkpoint at mile marker 12 of State Route 156 will remain in place until further notice and all non-residents will be prohibited access to the Lee Canyon area.
There are about 50 people who live in Lee Canyon. Reentry into Lee Canyon is being allowed following the determination by fire unified command that it is safe once again to occupy this area. Officials have been paving the way for a safe, orderly and efficient return that ensures public health and safety. This includes the restoration of essential public services, the protection of critical infrastructure and the removal and mitigation of potential hazards.
The Carpenter 1 fire has been burning since July 1, scorching more than 27,000 acres. It has cost more than $14 million to fight the fire, and up to 1,600 firefighters were involved at the peak point.