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Treatment Center Reopens After Carpenter 1 Fire

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LAS VEGAS -- A substance abuse treatment center on Mount Charleston reopened Monday nearly three weeks after the Carpenter 1 fire forced the evacuations of dozens of residents.

The patients there said they are grateful the facility is still standing, given the fire was at one time burning just feet away from the property.

The ranch is about 20 minutes up the mountain, but even at lower levels it can be seen how close the flames got.

It's even worse up the hill where the fire at one time surrounded the WestCare treatment center that many of the patients now call home.

"If this place would have burned, it would've been sad," WestCare patient Richard said. "We would have to find another solution for my recovery. It would be a miserable wreck."

Richard is a recovering drug and alcohol addict who has been staying at the Harris Springs WestCare Ranch for the past four months.

Monday was his first day back at the ranch, along with some forty male patients who are getting some counseling and treatment in the mountains.

They were forced to evacuate from the ranch on July 4 after the fire came dangerously close to the property.

Nearly 100 firefighters had to work around the clock to keep the flames at bay.

In the end, all the structures were saved and the residents couldn't be more thankful.

"I don't know how they saved this place," WestCare patient John said. "It looked like the Black Forest in Snow White, but with our stuff still standing. The fire guys did a great job."

Even though no buildings were lost, the staff still has to deal with significant smoke damage. They also lost about $5,000 worth of food they had to leave behind.

Flooding on the single access road up to the ranch is also of concern. With heavy rain, and now lack of trees to absorb the water, the road can essentially turn into a river.

For now, the road is closed to the public and only open to WestCare staff and patients.

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