Carpenter 1 Fire Now Covers More than 15,000 Acres - 8 News NOW

Carpenter 1 Fire Now Covers More than 15,000 Acres

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MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev. - The Carpenter One fire burning on Mt. Charleston now covers 15, 286 acres, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

Firefighters say they are making progress on battling the wildfire, which is now 15 percent contained. However, the hotter, drier weather expected over the next few days could cause increased fire activity, officials said.

The BLM estimates crews will have the fire contained by Friday, July 19.  

Crews are struggling to get a fire line around the blaze in Kyle Canyon, where the terrain is making it difficult to fight. Firefighters are working to stop the fire from dropping into the canyon.

More than 700 firefighters have been battling these flames all weekend. While they say they have seen some improvement, the position of the fire is making it difficult to fight.

The BLM is holding a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Centennial High School auditorium to update the public on firefighting efforts.

So far, the cost in damages has exceeded $1 million. Federal funds are being promised to help battle the wildfire. Federal Emergency Management Agency official Veronica Verde said Monday the fire management assistance declaration means Nevada can be reimbursed for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs.

The thunderstorms that rolled through the area Sunday set back the firefighting effort. Strong wind gusts hindered efforts to fight the fast moving flames. The storm did, however, bring much-needed rain and cooler temperatures.

Interactive Map of the Fire's Location

"The first thing that a thunderstorm does for us, it reduces the solar radiation up there, which drops the temperatures - good for the firefighters," said Incident Commander Rich Harvey. "It increases humidity, brings the opportunity for rain to occur - good for the firefighters. It throws in strong, erratic winds - not so good, but generally speaking, we'll take two out of three."

Fire crews want people to take comfort in knowing they are doing all they can to put out this fire as quickly and safely as possible. So far, no injuries have been reported with this fire, and no structures have been lost.

Fire crews are using tankers and aircraft. They are also requesting more crews on the ground to help with the fight.

Additionally, support workers from the American Red Cross have been working to ensure those who have been displaced have a safe place to stay and emotional support needed during this difficult time.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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