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Updated: 7/11/2013 11:44 pm
MOUNT CHARLESTON (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- With some help from Mother Nature firefighters were able to gain some major ground on Day 10 of the Carpenter 1 fire fight.

Fire officials say the Carpenter 1 fire is now 43 percent contained - a huge jump from Wednesday.

The fire has burned a total of 27,968 acres.

Still. only six structures have been lost so far. The cost of the battle has grown to almost $9.5 million, triple the $3 million estimate from Wednesday

As of Thursday, more than 1,300 personnel are now working on the Carpenter 1 wildfire in its 11th day.

Fire crews tell News 3 that these next two days are critical. The clouds, low temperatures and no wind are the best conditions yet for the firefighters battling the blaze that has grown to 27,968 acres.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the southern section of the fire is secure and holding north of Lovell Summit Road. Crews will mop up along the fire edge, supported by aircraft. On the western edge, near Spring Mountain, rolling debris is a concern. Crews will be constructing fire lines north toward Charleston Peak, supported by aircraft.

The northern section of the fire edge, near Kyle Canyon, is blackened and secure up to the structures. Crews will continue securing these fire lines and prepare new lines for future burnout operations.

South of Kyle Canyon Road, crews are identifying opportunities for direct and indirect line construction. Firefighters are continuing to mop up the spot fire north of Kyle Canyon Road. Crews will continue to secure the fire lines in the northeast section of the fire, near Harris Springs Road.

Crews will mop up and maintain structure protection near Harris and Prospect Ranches. Firefighters are constructing line southeast into Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area and westward from Lovell Canyon. Strategic burnout operations will be conducted as needed to secure this area.
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