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Carpenter 1 Fire Grows to Nearly 20,000 Acres

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MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev. -- The Carpenter One fire grew to nearly 20,000 acres by Tuesday morning after a difficult day Monday caused by dry conditions and high winds.

The Bureau of Land Management estimated Monday the fire could be contained by Friday, July 19, but containment dropped from 15 to 10 percent in the Bureau of Land Management's Tuesday afternoon update.

BLM officials said the acreage increased because of active burning on the east side of the fire and burn operations by crews in the field. On the eastern side, the fire is moving into lighter terrain and fuels, which officials say will allow firefighters to make a more practicable direct attack.

The fire perimeter is holding along western edge of the fire east of the Lee Spring Area. On the north side of the fire, firefighters continued to work to prevent fire from dropping into Kyle Canyon and possibly making a westward run up Kyle Canyon Road. Air resources are concentrating efforts in this area Tuesday. Strategic burnout operations are planned to secure the northern edge of the fire behind the Rainbow Subdivision. The fire edge remains a quarter-mile from any structures in this area.

Firefighters said they are making progress on battling the wildfire on the Pahrump side of the mountain. However, rocks and steep terrain are keeping firefighters from getting near the flames on the upper part of Kyle Canyon on the Las Vegas side.

The BLM held a public meeting Monday in the Centennial High School auditorium to update the public on firefighting efforts.

Federal funds are being promised to help battle the wildfire that has displaced more than 500 people and cost nearly $2.5 million to fight. No structures have been damaged and no one has been hurt.

Interactive Map of Carpenter Canyon Fire

More than 700 firefighters have been battling these flames all weekend. Aircraft is being used to drop retardant on homes to protect them from the spot fires. Firefighters say they conducted a burnout within a quarter mile of the Rainbow subdivision in Kyle Canyon. Officials said starting small fires helps take potential fuel away from the wildfire.

"It's not a raging fire, it's a planned fire, there's crews, there's engines all out there today, a lot of them, making sure the hot spots are put out.," said Madonna Lengrich with the Great Basin Management Team.

A team is still working on the Pahrump side of the fire to keep it from spreading. Many of the firefighters are putting in 16-hour days while maintaining a heightened awareness of the dangers of fighting a wildfire. Flags are still flying at half-staff at many fire departments around the country in honor of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives in Arizona.

"One of my friends works out of Phoenix Fire Department and he worked with that crew and he was from that fire department and he was transferred to Phoenix," said Captain Ed Willy, a firefighter from Northern California. "It's really close. You might not have worked with them before, but I mean, yeah it's always in your mind."

Willy is among the firefighters who have been brought in to fight the wildfire. At the moment, this wildfire is considered the top priority wildfire in the country.

There has been only one minor injury reported involving a firefighter who sprained an ankle.

The American Red Cross has also ramped up its response. Dozens of volunteers are helping the first responders.

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