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Fire Raging at Nearly 14,000 Acres, 2 Communities Evacuated

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LAS VEGAS -- People living in Trout Canyon and Kyle Canyon on Mt. Charleston are being asked to leave their homes as firefighters work to control a wildfire that now covers 9,000 acres.

According to Metro Police, 560 people are out of their homes because of the blaze.

The Carpenter One fire started Monday when lightning struck a tree. According to the Bureau of Land Management, more than 300 firefighters are currently working to put the fire out.

By Friday evening, the number of firefighters is expected to grow to 400.

A Hotshot crew is now fighting the fire with help of a helicopter dropping fire retardant.

Residents on the Pahrump side of the mountain are being evacuated to Hafen Elementary School. People on the Lee and Kyle Canyon side are being evacuated to Bilbray Elementary School.

MAP: Carpenter One Fire

Lee Canyon is only open to residents. Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort closed as a precaution Thursday evening. The resort will be closed until further notice.

No one has been hurt in the fire and no buildings have been damaged. Both State Route 156 and 157, also known as Lee and Kyle Canyon Roads, are closed from U.S. 95. The Lovell Canyon turnoff is also closed at State Route 160.

An air quality advisory is in place because of the smoke from the fire and from the residue of Fourth of July fireworks.

For evacuated residents who have horses, Horses4Heroes is offering free boarding and assistance for horses that have been evacuated from Kyle Canyon. Call 702-339-0615 for more information.

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