Residents Return Home to Lee Canyon - 8 News NOW

Residents Return Home to Lee Canyon

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TROUT CANYON, Nev. -- The skyline has changed two weeks into the Carpenter 1 fire burning on Mount Charleston.

Days after being forced from their houses, people are returning home.

The fire, which started two weeks ago after being sparked by lightning, is 70 percent contained, but firefighters couldn't gain ground until it scorched nearly 28,000 acres.

Crews are also hard at work to repair damage in areas hit by flash flooding and flowing debris late last week.

Lee Canyon residents were allowed to return home Monday. Residents of Lovell and Trout canyons went back Sunday.

The residents who spoke with 8 News NOW are very thankful all their homes are still standing.

A man came up to a reporter and gave her fresh peppers and tomatoes from his garden that were still there thanks to the work the firefighters have done over the past weeks.

Greg Jameson is one of the oldest residents in Trout Canyon. His father built his home there back in the 1960's and his family has six other properties up in the mountain.

He said when he first heard word of the fire, he didn't want to leave but when the flames got close, he knew he couldn't stay.

He said he's grateful that his home is still standing.

"The firefighters did a great job of saving the structure," Jameson said. "I mean, what can you do about trees, but they saved all the homes. They lost some on the other side, but six out of a thousand homes on the whole mountain -- great job. They did a great job."

Jameson is one of the homeowners who still don't have running water due to a broken water line.

The county has been running hundreds of thousands of gallons of water in to help residents.

Fire officials were pumping water into Jameson's pond to refill the water they took from his property to initially help fight the fire.

Jameson said at one point the fire was burning just a quarter mile from his home.

He has about 100 animals and since he got back yesterday, he said all have been accounted for except for one, a male peacock that he hopes is just hiding and will come home soon.

Kyle Canyon residents remain evacuated Monday. They are expected to be able to return home on Wednesday.

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