LAS VEGAS -- The Carpenter 1 fire is 90 percent contained and officials have allowed everyone back to their homes and businesses in Kyle, Lee and Trout canyons.
Barriers to the general public are planned to be lifted Friday.
The fire raged for more than two weeks, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate.
Nearly 28,000 acres burned, along with six buildings in the Prospect Ranch area.
In Kyle Canyon, it's the first day back for businesses trying to make up their losses.
They're calling the loss of revenue very large and something they hadn't planned -- especially a very busy time of year.
Managers of the Resort on Mount Charleston said closing before the 4th of July weekend was a major loss and many events like big family reunions and weddings had to be canceled.
Managers of the Mount Charleston Lodge said they easily lost thousands of dollars in revenue over the time they were closed.
People who work in both businesses said it was a little unnerving driving up Kyle Canyon Road.
First they saw the area where fire ripped through before jumping over the asphalt, and then they noticed smoke still rising from rock cliffs. Then they found they had a lot of work to do.
"All the ash and soot in our pond and chimney and HVAC system, we're working around the clock to get that cleaned out," said Michael Crandall, senior vice president of the Siegel Group and the Resort on Mount Charleston. "Our power was turned off for a couple weeks, so all our product in our kitchen and bar is no good."
Mount Charleston Lodge General Manager Thomas Schneekloth added, "When we came up, we did have some dust, ash, residual odor and smoke. That and a whole lot of food we had to toss out. But that was the worst of our losses."
Both the lodge and the resort are planning to have events welcoming the residents home.
The lodge is having a soft opening Friday with a free meal for residents at 5 p.m. The resort is opening Friday and planning a similar event for Wednesday.
Residents will have to deal with much the same -- the smoky odor and ash that went everywhere.
Officials said not to worry about the smoke rising on the cliffs. They say the flames there will be extinguished either by rain or snow.
Monday, September 1 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:06:07 GMT
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