Carpenter 1 Fire to Leave Ecological Damage - 8 News NOW

Carpenter 1 Fire to Leave Ecological Damage

Posted: Updated:

MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev. - With tens of thousands of charred acres, the Carpenter 1 fire on Mt. Charleston could leave long-lasting or permanent ecological damage.

Experts say Mt. Charleston will recover, but it will take a very long time, and the landscape may never look the way it did before the fire started. Conservation experts say the damage will vary depending on elevation and which vegetation remains.

The Spring Mountains have experienced fires in the past, but they have not seen one as big as the Carpenter 1 fire in many years.

Experts say pine trees on the mountain could be lost forever. If a plant does recover, it likely will not grow back as strong as it was before the fire.

"In the higher elevations that we have bristlecone pine, they will take a very long time to really regenerate. It'll take centuries, if they ever do, based upon possible effects of climate change," said Red Rock Audubon Society Conservation Chairman John Hiatt. "The system will recover over time. It'll be different, but it will recover."

Hiatt says while it's sad to see so many old trees burn in the fire, the new underbrush that will grow will attract animals such as elk. While that area will likely never look the same, Hiatt says it will grow and survive.

Despite the fire's massive appearance, it has not destroyed all of the green areas of the mountain. Experts say some areas, even those in the middle of the fire zone, remain untouched.

  • Las Vegas NewsLas Vegas NewsMore>>

  • BREAKING NEWS: North Las Vegas Police investigate double shooting, one dead

    BREAKING NEWS: North Las Vegas Police investigate double shooting, one dead

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:49 AM EDT2014-04-19 04:49:04 GMT
    North Las Vegas, NV. --North Las Vegas police are investigating a double shooting Friday night shortly before 8 p.m.Investigators said two men were shot at a home on Arbor Crest Street, near East Tropical Parkway and Donna Street.A 60-year-old man was taken to UMC Trauma with his condition unknown at this time. The second victim, a 37-year-old man, sustained non-life threatening injuries and treated on scene.Police are investigating the shooting as a domestic violence incident.More>>
    North Las Vegas, NV. --North Las Vegas police are investigating a double shooting Friday night shortly before 8 p.m.Investigators said two men were shot at a home on Arbor Crest Street, near East Tropical Parkway and Donna Street.A 60-year-old man was taken to UMC Trauma with his condition unknown at this time. The second victim, a 37-year-old man, sustained non-life threatening injuries and treated on scene.Police are investigating the shooting as a domestic violence incident.More>>
  • BREAKING NEWS: UMC lays off 100 employees

    BREAKING NEWS: UMC lays off 100 employees

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:52:41 GMT
    University Medical Center laid off more than 100 employees Friday and announced it will close four care centers.More>>
    University Medical Center laid off more than 100 employees Friday and announced it will close four care centers.More>>
  • Police investigate double stabbing

    Police investigate double stabbing

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:17:18 GMT
    Two people suffering stab wounds were rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon, Metro Police said.More>>
    Two people suffering stab wounds were rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon, Metro Police said.More>>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KLAS. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.