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Kyle Canyon Residents Anxious to Return Home

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MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev. - Kyle Canyon residents who were forced out of their homes for more than a week because of the Carpenter 1 fire are heading home Wednesday morning.

It has been a rough couple of weeks for displaced residents who were watching the fire burn from afar. Those who live in Kyle Canyon will finally see what the fire left behind. Many say they are trying to prepare themselves emotionally.

Homeowners and business owners will be allowed back into Kyle Canyon starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. The fire is more than 80 percent contained. Emergency crews reopened Lee and Trout Canyons to residents earlier this week.

For those who have a connection to Kyle Canyon, coming home may be bittersweet. They have spent days preparing for what to expect once they return.

"First thought is that it's upsetting, ‘cause you've connected with the way it's been," said Kyle Canyon resident Tyler Mobray. "It was a natural thing and part of nature and when you own a property up there, it's part of the natural process. It's an opportunity for a new beginning and new life with trees, and let's just make the most out of it."

"I think sometimes we take something like that for granted," added Sue Mobray. "You think you always have it, and then when it might happen that you won't have it anymore, and you really appreciate it. I think people will be spending more time up there."

Many people say they are trying not to focus too much on changes to the landscape. They say they are choosing to focus on how the community pulled together during this difficult time and on showing their appreciation for those who worked hard to fight the fire and protect homes.

Since the Carpenter 1 fire burned more than 27,000 acres, forest experts worry about an increased risk for floods and landslides in the area - especially on land surrounding homes.

The Burned Area Emergency Response team, which specializes in solutions to prevent floods and landslides, will test the soil to see which areas need treatment. They also use computer mapping to find the worst hit areas.

"We trusted they contained the fire, and they did that. I'm trusting that they do their best to prevent those incidents," said Tyler.

"I just want to see what we have to deal with first," added Sue. "I know when they get rain, we do get a lot of water. So, we'll just have to see."

While authorities will allow people to return to Kyle Canyon beginning Wednesday, they will also ask residents to provide proof of residency. Authorities want to monitor the number of people who head back to the mountain.

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