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Carpenter Fire Could Continue Rest of Week

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LAS VEGAS -- As of Wednesday afternoon, the Carpenter One fire on the Pahrump side of Mount Charleston is zero percent contained.

According to the Bureau of Land Management, the fire started Monday when lightning hit a tree. The fire has been fueled by pinyon juniper trees.

Forest Service officials plan to replace the 125 crew members currently fighting the blaze with a new team of firefighters on Thursday coming from around the region, including California. The number of fire crews could double if the fire continues to grow, fire officials said.

Fire crews said it is unlikely will be contained Wednesday or Thursday.

The firefighters are attacking the flames with two air tankers dumping fire retardant into the flames. The aircraft are also scooping up water repeatedly and dousing the mountain top.

Although fire crews are doing their best, some residents are prepared to evacuate.

"I got home right after 4, saw it blazing and ran in there like a crazy lady packing up my pictures," resident Deborah Mallery said. I wish I had them all together before."

Clark County Fire crews are helping residents cut back twigs and brush that could catch their homes on fire if the flames spread, but officials don't believe homes in the nearby Trout Canyon community are threatened.

Marty Adell's Type 2 team will assume command of fire operations Thursday at approximately 6:00 p.m.

No estimates on when the 1,200 acre fire could be out.

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