Fire Update Saturday July 20 9 Am
Incident: Carpenter 1 Wildfire
Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
Carpenter 1 Fire Update
For Immediate Release: Saturday, July 20, 2013, 7 a.m.
Phone: (702) 799-4610 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., then messages)
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Fire Facts –
Date Started: July 1, 2013
Location: Spring Mountains
National Recreation Area
Size: 27,881 acres
Percent contained: 95
Structures lost: 6
Number of Personnel: 126
Crews: 2 hotshot (Type 1s)
Water Tenders: 2
Cost: $18.5 million (Thursday)
Injuries to date: 2
Night operations reported no increase in smoke or fire overnight into Saturday, although storms blew nearby without sharing any meaningful moisture. At least two engines and supervision remain in Kyle Canyon overnight to bolster local and state fire stations on duty there. Friday, firefighters patrolled and did rehab work on firelines, felling a few hazardous trees in developed areas. They also offered public contact.
The Mt. Charleston Lodge hosted community members and many Carpenter 1 fire crews for supper Friday evening. Fire Prevention Officer Ray Johnson said there, “We’re really only in the middle of fire season. No fireworks, or fires beyond an enclosed grill, are allowed on public lands. Please watch where you park, as catalytic converters heat to 800°. Our folks should also use common sense around floods.”
Our resources stay available to assist on local initial attack, such as two small lightning fires last night on federal land in nearby valleys. After those areas received rain, engines found no smokes overnight. Crews on the Carpenter 1 fire do further rehab work today, building berms called water bars on some firelines to reduce runoff, and bringing in fire hose.
Heralding the monsoon season, spectacular lightning visited Las Vegas Friday evening, but rain entirely missed the Carpenter 1 fire area. Kyle Canyon and Lovell summit weather stations received no rain, and Trout Canyon received just .01” (“a few drops”), though Mountain Springs to the south received .21”.
Potential for flash flooding in fire drainages increases dramatically this weekend. Mountain areas of the fire have 50% to 60% probability of a wet thunderstorm Saturday through Tuesday.
Recreation Opportunities and Remaining Closures
Much of the Mt. Charleston area, including Kyle and Lee Canyons, is open to everyone. Lee Canyon holds many opportunities including Bristlecone and Robber’s Roost trails, and rec sites such as Lee Meadows, Deer Creek Sawmill, Hilltop campground, and Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort.
In Kyle Canyon, Mary Jane Falls, Trail Canyon and Fletcher Canyon Trails are open for day use, as are picnic areas at Cathedral Rock and at Fletcher Canyon. Please drive extremely slowly and safely on the narrow two-lane roads, which are full of people returning to enjoy the mountains, as well as fire equipment.
The Forest Service has an Area Closure of fire areas near the fire itself, mostly south of Kyle Canyon Road, such as the North and South Loop, Griffith Peak, Echo, Little Falls, and Lovell Trails. Trailheads are closed at Cathedral Rock and Echo. Dispersed camping is closed in Harris Springs and CC Springs. Some outlying roads such as Harris Springs Rd remain closed.