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Fire Evacuees Staying with Friends and Family

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LAS VEGAS - People displaced by the wildfire on Mount Charleston are worried they won't be able to return to their homes.

Some of them thought the evacuation was just a precaution and they'd be allowed to return home the next day.

On Sunday, the smoke still hung in the air like a cloud - casting a dark shadow over the people who call Mount Charleston home.

"We feel displaced. We're staying with friends, and we have kids and animals," said Amanda Reynolds.

The shadow seems to follow her wherever she goes - even to her friend's house far from danger.

"My daughters are in Chicago right now. They'll be home tonight. So, they're going to come home to not their home," she said.

Lisa Austin and her family are providing shelter to Amanda's family. The Austin family is also taking in a few other Mount Charleston residents and their pets. Austin says she doesn't mind, because she knows the people are safe.

"Our group of friends, we're really close-knit," said Austin. "So, I think at any moment if any of us were in a predicament like this, that any of them would open their homes to us."

The families are year-round Mount Charleston residents. Their properties in Kyle Canyon are their only homes. Amanda is waiting for the smoke to clear and for the shadow to be lifted.

"We just want to go home," she said.

Many Mt. Charleston residents are staying in hotels and with friends. The Red Cross reminds people they have volunteers stationed at Bilbray Elementary School, where displaced residents can find information about services. Those services include access to medication and places to house pets.

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