Mount Charleston Fire Services Shift to Clark County in June 201 - 8 News NOW

Mount Charleston Fire Services Shift to Clark County in June 2015

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LAS VEGAS -- When the Carpenter 1 wildfire blackened Mount Charleston in July, it destroyed forest land and kept hundreds of people out of their homes.

The Mount Charleston Fire Department couldn't fight it alone. The federal government sent in hotshot teams from across the country. They worked with Clark County firefighters and Mount Charleston volunteer firefighters to bring the blaze under control.

8 News NOW has learned the Mount Charleston community may be facing cuts to its fire department. Next summer, the state is shifting the cost of running that small fire department to the county. Clark County Commissioners say it could mean staff reductions which has mountain residents concerned.

"After the fire, this became even more sensitive as far as the fear that many of the residents have," Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani said.

"Many of the residents have been following this for well over a year. As far as what our position is, our options, we continually stress our goal is to keep service is, or improve it," Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown said.

Any changes would take effect in June 2015.

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