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Carpenter Fire Grows; More People Forced to Evacuate

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One of the only places to escape the heat in Southern Nevada is facing a raging fire. By Saturday afternoon the blaze on Mount Charleston grew to just over 14,000 acres. The number of firefighters working to get it under control is now 600, up from 400 Friday.

A command center will go into operation on the Las Vegas side Sunday morning. More than 500 people had to evacuate from Trout, Kyle and Lee Canyons.

The fire continues to threaten nearly the entire mountain. People staying in Red Cross shelters can see smoke rising from a place they hold closely in their hearts.

"The best people you'd ever want to meet," said Deanna Comish. She was hosting a barbeque with over a dozen people when she was told to evacuate. "They really look out for one another up there. I've never met people in all my life that were as close knit and wonderful as those people."

Now some of those people are looking to the Red Cross shelter at Bilbray Elementary for a place to sleep and find a meal.

"Something like this is really critical for us, because where else would we go," said Jenny Ramirez. "That's my situation. I live here, but I don't have family I can turn to. So this is critical for me."

Ramirez is a resource advisor for the Forest Service who lives in Kyle Canyon. She's helping fight the fire even after getting evacuated.

"I have to continue to support the team and get my job done, but it's difficult to be fully focused. In the back of your mind your thinking is my house going to be there tomorrow."

Red Cross volunteers say most Mount Charleston evacuees are using the shelter as a place to get information. Such as ways to get prescriptions for medications they left behind. It's also a place where they can drop off their pets while they figure out what to do next.

For Deanna it's a place to sit and hope for the survival of a place she loves dearly.

"Your looking at these thousand year old trees, and this beautiful national forest, there's nothing like it anywhere in Southern Nevada, but then you add to it the people."

As of 5 p.m. Saturday there were no report of injuries or structural damage on Mount Charleston.

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