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Evacuated Families Look for Stability in Uncertain Situation

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LAS VEGAS -- It has been about five days since most residents on both sides of Mt. Charleston left their homes. For many, it feels like a lot longer.

Now, several families are turning to emergency shelters for information, food and even money, trying to find stability in a very uncertain situation.

"There is, like, nobody on the mountain and the fire was very close and you could see smoke and ash in the air," 9-year-old Lee Canyon resident Martina Bernhardt said.

"I wish we could just go back up there, but the smoke is too bad. We can't head back up," 11-year-old Logan Bernhardt said.

Martina and Logan Bernhardt's mom Jaeana says friends are helping them make the most of a bad situation.

"We are staying with friends. We've been lucky enough to be offered housing for as long as we need it," Bernhardt said.

There are dozens of fire evacuees just like them. At last count, more than 500 people had to leave their homes because of the Carpenter One fire on Mt. Charleston.

Now, companies across the valley are stepping up. Westgate Resorts is offering rooms at both free and very reduced prices.

"I know it is an emotional time but we definitely want them to relax and focus on rebuilding their homes," Jessica Jen with Westgate Flamingo Bay said.

Evacuated families can also head to The Cannery Casino Resorts, which is offering 40 rooms, free of charge.

The American Red Cross is helping connect families with those resources.

"We follow up with these folks. We make sure they are still getting what they need. So, we want to see them through," Lloyd Ziel with the American Red Cross said.

Fire evacuee Greta Weist is helping kids create thank you signs for the firefighters.

"Those are our angels there," Weist said. "I think this is for me, you know, but I'm hoping they can take something out of it and realize how lucky we are."

Fire leaders say it could be days before these families return home, as they fight to get a grip on the smoke and flames.

Red Cross officials say wildfire victims who would like to apply for assistance need to come to their emergency shelters.

They can get you money, free or discounted housing, food and anything else you may need.

Tuesday night those Red Cross shelters will shift into purely information stations because so many places have made rooms available.

A community meeting is set for 5:30 Tuesday at Centennial High School

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