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Carpenter 1 Wildfire has grown to nearly 20,000 acres

Joyce Lupiani

Photo Courtesy: Hanna Weiss

Carpenter 1 Wildfire has grown to nearly 20,000 acres

CREATED Jul. 9, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Carpenter 1 Wildfire in the Spring Mountains is now estimated to be 19,757 acres, according to Tuesday morning's update from the U.S. Forest Service.

Containment is still at 15 percent and 803 personnel are working on the fire.

The are 19 crews, 44 engines, 2 dozers, 10 water tenders and nine helicopters involved in the fight.

According to inciweb.org, the size of the fire has increased due to active burning on the east side and burn operations by crews in the field.

The fire on the eastern side is moving into lighter terrain and this will allow firefighters to make a direct attack on the fire in that location.

The fire perimeter is holding along the western edge of the fire east of the Lee Spring Area.

On the north side, firefighters are still fighting to prevent the fire from dropping into Kyle Canyon and possibly make a westward run up Kyle Canyon Road.

Air resources will be concentrating their efforts on Kyle Canyon Tuesday.

Also, strategic burnout operations are planned behind the Rainbow subdivision.

At the time of the morning update, the fire edge was at least 1/4 mile from any structures in the Kyle Canyon area.

On the southern side of the fire, crews are still working on a direct line northeast from Lovell Canyon and preparing for possible burnout operations there as well.

Tuesday's weather forecast is predicting hot and dry conditions with relative low humidity.

In addition, there will be winds between 6 and 10 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph.

A meeting will be held again tonight at 5:30 p.m. to update the public about the fire. It will take place in the Centennial High School auditorium.

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