Kyle Canyon Residents Set to Go Home Wednesday - 8 News NOW

Kyle Canyon Residents Set to Go Home Wednesday

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MT. CHARLESTON, Nevada -- Firefighters are making progress on wildfires burning on Mount Charleston. The Carpenter 1 fire is 70 percent contained, and most evacuees know when they'll return home.

Kyle Canyon homeowners learned Sunday they can return Wednesday.

It seems life on Mount Charleston may be getting back to normal. Kyle Canyon residents Bob and Iris Bloxton say they are happy to head home.

"I didn't think it would happen this soon. I'm so happy to know that we will be going back up on the mountain," said Bob Bloxton.

The Bloxtons not only live in Kyle Canyon, they work as managers for American Land and Leisure. Iris said Mount Charleston is more than just land to her.

"When they told me that it was coming down into the Cathedral Rock, I still get emotional about it, because that's my baby," said Iris.

Incident Commander Rich Harvey said once residents return home, they will notice some changes and some smoke.

"You are still going to see smoke. We're still working up there, so as the public comes in, you have to share the road, share the mountain so to speak," said Harvey.

Even with the hot spots, Harvey said homes are not in danger. Firefighters are aiming to have Carpenter 1 at 90 percent containment by Wednesday or Thursday. Once that happens, Harvey said his team will move out, and a Type Three organization will move in to monitor the last bit of fire on the west side of Kyle Canyon.

"There will still be trucks and helicopters and public information officers and everything we need to have up there to make it safe now and into the future," said Harvey.

As crews work on the fire, the Bloxtons say they also have plenty of work to do.

"We're really looking forward to going back up there and getting it ready, and having people come up, and enjoy the nice cool air and enjoying the beautiful mountain that it is," said Iris.

Fire crews say they hope to have most areas of the mountain open by Friday.

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