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Carpenter One Fire Crosses Kyle Canyon Rd., Burns One Building

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Photo taken July 8 and submitted by John Barry. Photo taken July 8 and submitted by John Barry.
Photo taken July 9 and submitted by Kathy Coty. Photo taken July 9 and submitted by Kathy Coty.

MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev. -- The Carpenter One fire has now crossed State Route 157, otherwise known as Kyle Canyon Road, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

The Incident Management Team also says the fire has burned a commercial building and containment is now down to only 10 percent.

A branch of firefighters are assigned to the area where it crossed the road.

Mountain winds are pushing the Carpenter One fire in unpredictable directions. Crews have made some progress near the Rainbow subdivision on Mount Charleston, but firefighters seem to be in a losing battle.

The wildfire is now it it's eighth day and nearly 20,000 acres have burned. More than 800 firefighters are fighting the flames and the cost to the state is around $6.2 million. FEMA has promised federal dollars to support the effort.

Interactive Map of Carpenter Canyon Fire

The Incident Management Team took news crews closer to the fire fight Tuesday. In the Rainbow subdivision, there were crews monitoring left over flames from a burnout tactic. The crews set fires within just a few feet of some homes to take away potential fuel from the approaching wildfire, which came to within a quarter mile of the subdivision.

Hotshots used chainsaws to cut young trees into stumps. They also dug out trenches with fire hoses strung along to create a barrier in case the fire were to come raging back. Firefighters say burning or cutting away bushes and grass is a strategic way to keep the homes safe.

"It's a combination of all of that, but we want to fight it on our terms. Those visions you have of the big wall of flame, those are extreme cases. We call them run and gun fire fighting. That's when things are at their worst," said Mark Rabdau, a structure protection specialist.

The fire continues to move in erratic directions because of the dry, windy conditions, but so far no structures have been damaged and there have been no injuries.

Firefighters say they are also taking into consideration the wildlife and endangered species that live in the Spring Mountains. They say the terrain is extremely difficult with steep canyons and rocky areas. The Incident Management Team stresses keeping their firefighters safe is their top priority.

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