Smoke in The Air August 12, 2013
Incident: Carpenter 1 Wildfire
August 12, 2013
Mt. Charleston, Nev. – Crews monitoring the Carpenter 1 Fire noted a change in fire behavior. This prompted firefighters to take additional suppression actions on the most prominent and visible smoke in Kyle Canyon located east of the Maize drainage. This area is below Harris Saddle and is now estimated to be approximately six acres and burning in dead and downed fuels, but is well within the established containment lines. Crews will be flown in and supported by helicopter operations. It is anticipated that crews will remain on the ground in the area for the next couple of days before hiking out. The purpose of this action is to help keep the fire from moving into the unburned fuels of a small drainage to the northeast, as well as the Maize drainage to the west.
Crews will be utilizing MIST (Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics) while in the Wilderness area. These tactics help prevent additional damage to the area from fire suppression and allow for easier rehabilitation.
Reconnaissance flights will continue over the Carpenter 1 fire as necessary. The purpose of these flights is to observe the interior and perimeter of the fire and to gather intelligence on the fire situation. Previous flights observed less than a handful of minor smokes all well within the perimeter of the fire.
A closure order for the burned area remains in effect. South Loop, Griffith Peak, Cathedral Rock, Echo and Little Falls trails remain closed due to hazards left by the fire. The North Loop Trail has reopened to Charleston Peak. The trail remains closed past the peak.