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Public meeting on large wildfire draws mixed reactions

Jennifer Kastner

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Public meeting on large wildfire draws mixed reactions

CREATED Jul. 7, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Locals packed the Centennial High School auditorium on Sunday night for a debriefing from fire officials on the current status of the Carpenter 1 Wildfire.

The public meeting started off peacefully, but that didn't last long.

In the crowd, Rainbow Subdivision homeowner Nachita Hamilton asked, "Why was no ground crew assigned to the defensible space on the southern loop when this started?"

Officials briefly addressed her question, but then decided to move on.

Hamilton and several others then walked out, frustrated.

She and others told Action News there are open meadows in Kyle Canyon that could have been used as defensible space to fight the fire from the ground, but that never happened, "They didn't put a ground crew there from the very beginning. They could have stopped it if they would have done that."

Fire officials later tried to explain that the first flames sparked up all the way over in Trout Canyon, not Kyle Canyon, and the reason ground crews weren't used was because of the harsh terrain.

However, despite the accusations against the fire officials, there were still a number of residents in the crowd who applauded their efforts to fight the flames.

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