Officials worried about spread of fire with hot, windy weather

Joyce Lupiani

Photo Courtesy: Carla Volz Diaz

Officials worried about spread of fire with hot, windy weather

CREATED Jul. 8, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- According to the latest information, the Carpenter 1 Wildfire has now grown to 15,286 acres.

There are currently 753 personnel involved in the fire fighting operation and the fire is 15 percent contained.

A new command center has been set up at Centennial High School.

The fire began last Tuesday in Carpenter Canyon on the western side of the Spring Mountains. It was caused by lightning.

Officials said on Sunday that full containment was unlikely until sometime next week.

On Sunday night, firefighters were able to bring the fire down to within a quarter mile of the Kyle Canyon road near the Rainbow subdivision. Firefighters patrolled the fire line and Kyle Canyon Road throughout the night for spot fires.

Although a break in the weather helped Sunday, fire crews are worried again about hot temperatures and winds this afternoon that are expected to gust up to 20 miles per hour.

Several areas are of critical concern for firefighters. The highest area of concern is the portion of the fire that extends to the east, south of Kyle Canyon Road. Firefighters will work to keep the fire from dropping into Kyle Canyon.

The second area of concern is the northwest line of fire on the Pahrump side. Aircraft will be dropping retardant along this mostly inaccessible ridge line. Hand crews will also be working the southern end of fire to back up the retardant efforts.

Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for Kyle Canyon, Lee Canyon and Trout Canyon.

Some good news is that FEMA is promising federal funds to help pay for the cost of fighting the fire.

In addition, the American Red Cross is still providing assistance to more than 500 residents who were forced to flee their homes.

They have set up reception centers in Las Vegas and Pahrump have been providing meals and have provided shelter to a handful of residents and pets who needed shelter.

However, they are in need of donations. If you would like to help, click here.

Another community meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Centennial High School, 10200 W. Centennial Parkway. A public info line has also been established at 702-799-4610.