Firefighters holding steady against raging wildfire
Las Vegas, NV (KNTV) -- Firefighters received a standing ovation at Monday night's community meeting to address the Carpenter 1 Wildfire.
The wildfire has now charred more than 15,000 acres in the Spring Mountains and five percent of the forest in the Mount Charleston area is gone.
The top priority has been to protect any homes and other structures in the path of the fire and so far, firefighters have been successful.
Several residents spoke to Action News about their fear that they would lose their homes. They also said that after Monday night's meeting that they felt a little more assured that their homes would be protected.
Firefighters say that they broke even on Monday, not losing any ground but also not gaining any against the raging wildfire.
According to the Department of Forestry, the fire is now just one mile from Kyle Canyon and firefighters are worried that flames could push north into Kyle and Lee canyons Tuesday.
Even so, the incident management team says they hope to have the fire fully contained by July 19.
The fire started one week ago on the eastern side of the mountain range. It was sparked by lightning.
The Carpenter 1 fire is the top priority in the Western Great Basin geographic area and is No. 2 in the country at this time.
A wildfire in Alaska is the top priority at this time because of the threat against life and property.
More than 20 crews are currently fighting the wildfire in Nevada. 10 of those crews are hot shot firefighters. The firefighters are using 39 engines, two dozers, and eight helicopters in their fight. The crews are from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Wyoming and Washington.
So far, the cost to fight the fire stands at $2.4 million. On Monday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency pledged federal funding to reimburse Nevada 75 percent of the cost to fight the fire.