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Rain creates further damage to Mount Charleston

Reported by: Denise Rosch
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Updated: 8/19/2013 11:12 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Rain in the valley meant flooding up at Kyle Canyon on Sunday and cleanup, could take a while.

It's the kind of mess, firefighters predicted following the Carpenter 1 fire that burned nearly 28,000 acres this summer.

It's an opportunity photographer Jonathan Burnell could not pass up.

Documenting damage left behind from this summer's Carpenter 1 fire in Kyle Canyon.

“A lot of beautiful pictures, sad though I mean how long it took for all of this to grow and it burned up that quickly,” Burnell said.

And now, more problems from the fire.

With less vegetation to hold back the rain water flooded the area on Sunday when several inches fell wiping out a road in Harris Springs and leaving behind a layer of thick, sticky ash.

“I've been up here 15 years and events like this, have never happened before,” said Ray Johnson with the U.S. Forest Service.

Ray johnson with the U.S. forest service walked us through some of the most heavily impacted area where sticks and other debris flowed freely several miles down hill.

“Yesterday people could have kayaked on that former road right there,” Johnson said.

Harris Springs is hardly the worst of it.

There was also damage at the Kyle Canyon picnic area which is a site undergoing major renovation as it's converted from an overnight campground. The newly constructed restrooms were nearly surrounded in a debris slide.

“So much is that three to four feet of rock that was brought down,” Johnson said.

Ironically this area was being converted to day use because of the fear of flash flooding, but not this kind. The concern was an overflowing drainage channel.

Here the water came off the mountain, and it's a good thing no one was at this picnic table.

Johnson’s advice to visitors is to be patient during cleanup and remember some areas will remain closed on the mountain first from fire, and now flooding.

“They need to be aware of the flash flood potential as we get these thunderstorms throughout the rest of the summer,” Johnson said.

Burnell is encouraged by the hints of green already peeking up through burn scars.

"Hey, you know what, it's life," Brunell said.

Providing proof, the mountain survives no matter what natural disasters are thrown her way.

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