Fire crews continue to fight the flames with more assistance

Victoria Spilabotte

Photo Courtesy: Carla Volz Diaz

Fire crews continue to fight the flames with more assistance

CREATED Jul. 10, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Hundreds of experts are battling the growing wildfire in the Spring Mountains, as smoke drifts across the Valley.

On Wednesday, crews are working on a plan to stifle the fire, as it burns through structures and forces locals out.

Here's a look at the numbers: Five structures have been lost on Prospect Springs Ranch (the media was originally told it was six), the fire has spread to more than 25,500 acres of land and more than 1,000 people are working to battle back the flames.

The owner of the privately-owned ranch with fire damage told Action News the destroyed structures include a supply cabin, recreation lodge and guest cabins.

Firefighters put a strong focus on Kyle Canyon on Wednesday, the point where the fire crossed over Kyle Canyon Road near mile marker 6, and said that specific area is now contained.

They said the wildfire is also now contained at the origin-point of the wildfire at Trout Canyon.

The entire fire is at 15-percent containment.

But the high winds are what's making this wildfire so unpredictable.

"The weather up there is hot, dry and windy, much like it's been. It's a little bit more humid, but that's following after being dryer than normal," said James Stone, fire information officer.

Stone said the fire became more active overnight.

Since Tuesday, there has been a 50-percent increase in the number of water-carrying vehicles to help fight the fire.

Another community meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Centennial High School to keep the public informed on the wildfire response.