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Emotions Run High at Wildfire Meeting

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LAS VEGAS -- Officials are calling it the highest priority wildfire in the nation. More than 14,000 acres have already burned in the Mount Charleston area, and hundreds of firefighters are on hand, hoping to slow its progress.

A public meeting was held at Centennial High School Sunday night, where some people were angry with how the fire is being handled.

Allison Sosa's life has been turned upside down by the raging Carpenter 1 fire.

"The community up there is more important to us, more than our home. We're losing our life, our homes, our dreams, our lifestyles, our neighbors. They are like our family, and it's just nerve racking. It's like a roller coaster," said Sosa.

She and hundreds of other residents were evacuated from their homes. Many of them barely had time to grab belongings. After days apart, the community was brought together to hear about progress being made to save their homes.

Incident Commander Rich Harvey announced Sunday the fire is 15 percent contained.

Most of that progress happened in two areas near Trout Canyon. Harvey says other spots near Kyle Canyon are not seeing improvement. The terrain and position of the fire in those areas are making the fire difficult to fight.

Elizabeth Lovell lives in Kyle Canyon. Her subdivision is in the area most threatened by the fire. If it continues, she says she's not sure her home will survive.

"I've lived there for twenty five years, and I don't want the mountain to turn into a charcoal situation," said Lovell.

Some residents say they don't think enough was done in the early stages to keep the fire from spreading. Fire officials say otherwise, arguing resources were dispatched as quickly as possible. More crews and equipment have already been requested for the Carpenter Fire.

Allison and other residents say they will continue to wait and wonder when they will be let back into their homes.

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