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After Carpenter 1, Patrons Return to Mountain Businesses

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LAS VEGAS -- Visitors are finally allowed back up on Mount Charleston.

On Friday, many are seeing the damage of the Carpenter 1 fire up close for the first time.

The wildfire is almost completely contained, but it charred nearly 30,000 acres of mountain and the flames came within feet of many homes and businesses.

July is supposed to be one of Mount Charleston's busiest months. At the Mount Charleston Lodge, visitors are trickling in, but businesses said many people are hesitant to come back up.

Many said they were shocked at the damage they saw driving up the mountain, and how well the neighborhoods have recovered.

"It's very rough terrain," Las Vegas resident Bill Blair said. "I had friends that lived up here some years back and I knew it was quite a community up here."

Added Las Vegas resident Betty Beckett, "I was surprised to see how the fire had happened on both sides of Kyle Canyon Road. I was surprised that it had burned up the side and then on that side, as well."

Preparing for visitors has been a huge task for businesses like the Lodge.

As visitors come in for meals or for a drink at the bar, it hasn't been easy to get everything ready after nearly two weeks away from the mountain.

"We've been working on this for days now," said Thomas Schneekloth of the Mount Charleston Lodge. "They finally left us up. They let some crew up Tuesday, I got up Wednesday, so we've been working around the clock for the last 72 hours just trying to make this thing happen and get this thing back open again."

In all the confusion from the wildfire, both the Lodge and the Resort on Mount Charleston were forced to cancel or relocate several weddings and retreats.

They have their fingers crossed that business returns.

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