Smoke Covers Valley from Carpenter 1 Fire - 8 News NOW

Smoke Covers Valley from Carpenter 1 Fire

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Photo submitted by Nene Nohara. Photo submitted by Nene Nohara.

LAS VEGAS - Much of the valley woke up to a smoky haze Wednesday morning, as the Carpenter 1 fire keeps growing on Mount Charleston.

Additional support crews went to Mount Charleston after the fire destroyed its first building. The fire has spread to 25,000 acres and jumped across Kyle Canyon Road. It is only 10 percent contained. That's down from 15 percent Tuesday.

The total cost of the fire has exceeded $6 million. The fire may be miles away from the Las Vegas valley, but valley residents can see and smell its thick smoke. Some neighborhoods are seeing ashes falling from the sky – a clear indication this fire is growing and becoming more destructive.

Interactive Map of Carpenter 1 Fire

It's been a tough week for those trying to tame the flames. More than one thousand firefighters and emergency crews are working to keep the fire and its effects from worsening, but weather conditions have made that a challenge. High winds pushed the flames into the Prospect Ranch area, destroying one building.

Authorities briefed evacuees Tuesday night on the firefighting effort and attempted to ease their concerns. Displaced residents do not know when they will be allowed to return to their homes, but Metro Police said they are working on a re-entry plan.

"We are going to make sure that it's phased. It's controlled. We are not trying to delay anybody up there. We are going to get you up there as soon as it's possible and safe to do so. Unfortunately, I can't give you a time on that right now," Metro Police Captain Jason Lackowitz said.

This fire may be strong, but so is the Las Vegas community. Generous people are offering help for those who have been evacuated.

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