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Carpenter 1 fire 60% contained; some evacuees going home

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Updated: 7/14/2013 9:49 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- With the Carpenter 1 wildfire 60 percent contained, residents of Trout and Lovell canyons who had to evacuate their residences more than a week ago will be allowed to return home this morning.

The lightning-caused fire has cost more than $13 million to fight and has charred nearly 43 square miles in the Spring Mountains on the south side of Mt. Charleston since it began about noon on July 1.

More than 1,100 firefighters are still involved.

Metro and U.S. Forest Service officials are allowing Trout and Lovell canyon residents to return to their homes starting at 10 a.m. today.

Residents of Lee Canyon will be allowed to return starting Monday while a return date for Kyle Canyon residents has yet to be determined.

The nightly public meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. today at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitor Center.

On Saturday, heavy equipment was used to open roads and gain access into the areas which were affected by flash flooding/debris flows Friday. This allowed firefighters to continue constructing direct line southeast into the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Structure protection continues for Kyle Canyon, also the Harris and Prospect ranches. Crews will continue cold trailing and construction of line along the South Loop ridge. Patrol and mop-up operations are ongoing in all areas of the fire.

A retardant batch plant was set up to facilitate the heavy lift helicopters with retardant drops.

Creeping and smoldering with isolated single tree torching was the observed fire behavior Saturday.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman toured the Incident Command Post and the fire area Saturday.

Partly cloudy conditions are forecast for today. Fire officials expect warming and gradual drying with no thunderstorms today. Gusty winds may occur over the fire area.

James Bilbray Elementary and Hafen Elementary are designated as Red Cross reception centers. Both are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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