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Wildfire still raging in Spring Mountains, residents evacuated

Wildfire still raging in Spring Mountains, residents evacuated

By Victoria Spilabotte & Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jul 5, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Fire crews are still battling the Carpenter 1 fire that is burning nearly 11,000 acres in the Spring Mountains and threatening homes.

On Thursday night, the fire crossed over into Kyle Canyon on the eastern side of Mount Charleston and forced residents to evacuate.

Residents on both sides of Mount Charleston had little time to pack and leave.

The steep mountain terrain is making it difficult for firefighters. They called in extra resources to launch an air attack and a large tanker is now spraying bright orange fire retardant on the flames and making multiple water drops.

According to the Bureau of Land Management, Type II fire teams are expected to transition to a Type I team either Friday or Saturday night.

A Type I team is better equipped to handle more complex fires.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the Spring Mountains. The warning is in effect from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday. Wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour are expected during that time.

Officials said they don't know when residents will be allowed to return home. So far, no structures have been burned and no injuries have been reported.

Both State Route 156 and 157, also known as Lee and Kyle Cannon roads, are closed from U.S. Highway 95. The Lovell Canyon turnoff is also closed at State Route 160.

Firefighters have established a command post at the community center in Pahrump. Residents who have been evacuated from the Trout Canyon community can come there for information.

In addition, shelters have been set up in Pahrump at the Hafen Elementary School and in Las Vegas at the James Billbray Elementary School.

A public meeting about the fire will take place Friday at 7 p.m. at the Nye County Chamber of Commerce, 2100 Walt Whitman Drive, Pahrump.