Carpenter 1 Fire Update, July 12, 2013, 2100
Incident: Carpenter 1 Wildfire
For Immediate Release: Friday, July 12, 2013, 6 p.m.
Joint Information Center (702) 799-4610 (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Public Information: inciweb.nwcg.gov
Facebook: Rocky Basin IMT #2
Date Started: July 1, 2013
Location: Spring Mountains
National Recreation Area
Thunderstorms caused flash flooding and debris flows to occur in and around the fire area, impacting crews’ suppression efforts and additional containment of the fire. Firefighters had to curtail their work to return to safer areas while storms passed. Most of the rain was over the eastern side of the fire area, some areas receiving a half to a third of an inch of rain. Several crews in the Harris Springs drainage are remaining overnight as the roads out have been damaged. Remaining resources that would have camped out on the fire line will stay at the Kyle Canyon Spike Camp tonight due to safety concerns.
Creeping and smoldering fire behavior was observed, along with areas showing active surface flames and single tree torching. Where accessible and safe, night crews will patrol and mop-up and continue to mop-up tonight.
Fire managers flew the fire perimeter today to obtain a more accurate acreage using GPS. Lower acreage is due to more accurate mapping.
U.S. Senator Dean Heller and Congresswoman Dina Titus toured the fire area today.
The communities of Kyle Canyon, Lee Canyon and Trout Canyon remain under evacuation. James Bilbray Elementary and Hafen Elementary are designated as Red Cross reception centers. Both are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The U.S. Forest Service issued an area closure for the Spring Mountain Recreation Area on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5427697.pdf
Public escorts into the fire area have been discontinued. If you are in need of assistance, contact the American Red Cross at (702) 791-3311.