Fire 80 Percent Contained, Residents Returning Wednesday - 8 News NOW

Fire 80 Percent Contained, Residents Returning Wednesday

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Smoke during the height of the fire. Smoke during the height of the fire.

LAS VEGAS -- Residents and business owners will be allowed back into Kyle Canyon starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Incident Management Team at the Carpenter 1 fire on Mt. Charleston.

The general public will be allowed back into the area starting Friday.

The fire is now 80 percent contained. The active fire edge is south of State Route 157 and east of Rainbow. It may take several days before that section of the fire line is secured, fire officials said.

There is also active fire above the Cathedral Rock area, where the terrain is too steep to safely access. That section will be allowed to smolder until rain extinguishes it.

Fire crews are also mopping an area about 500 feet into the interior near the Rainbow subdivision. They are also working to clean up and repair damage from flash flooding that happened last week in areas burned by the fire.

In all, 27, 881 acres were burned along with six buildings. More than 800 people fought the fire at a cost of more than $16 million.

The fire started July 1 when lightning struck a tree in the Carpenter Canyon area, which is on the Pahrump side of the mountain.

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