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Mount Charleston Welcomes Visitors Again

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LAS VEGAS -- The Carpenter 1 wildfire raged on for three weeks. It's now 95 percent contained, but the U.S. Forest Service says to expect smoke to linger for awhile.

"There are some smokes that people will continue to see for the next weeks, maybe a month or two," said fire prevention officer Ray Johnson with the U.S. Forest Service.

Driving up Kyle Canyon Road, charred areas are visible, but the mountain is open to all visitors.

Dick and Pat Foster drove from Henderson to spend a pleasant day at the Cathedral Rock picnic area.

"It's the coolest place to come," Pat Foster said.

The cooler temperatures on Mount Charleston can't be beat. It's an opportunity for the Fosters to spend some fun time with their 8-year-old grandson Aidan and 5-year-old great-grandson Anthony.

"This is the first time we've been up here since the fire," Dick Foster said. "I was real happy to see that here in Kyle Canyon they were able to save it."

The group Go Mount Charleston wants more families like the Fosters to enjoy the mountain again.

"Right now, what we're seeing is that people are sort of afraid to come up to Mount Charleston. They're seeing that there are trails closed, so they don't know what's open and what's closed," said Leonie Mowat, the community development coordinator with Go Mount Charleston.

Free education programs and guided hikes are back on schedule. Although the fire was bad, much the Spring Mountains were spared.

"There are lots and lots of trails that are open that are great, and the trails that are closed, we want to encourage people to stay away from those. It's for their own safety that they're closed," Mowat said.

While some areas are dangerous, Mother Nature is resilient, and ecologists are eager for restoration on the mountain.

"It's just great to come up here, get out of the heat," Dick Foster said.

A few areas remain closed, most notably the Cathedral Rock trail, but the picnic area remains open.

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