News Release - July 5 Afternoon
Incident: Carpenter 1 Wildfire
PAHRUMP, NV. . . On July 1, 2013, a lightning strike started a fire on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. Three hundred firefighters are working on this fire; a VLAT, a very large air tanker, a DC-10 that drops up to 11,700 gallons of retardant to slow the growth of the fire, is available on the fire. In addition, crews are supported with heavy helicopters, SEATS (single engine air tanker), air tankers, and numerous engines and equipment. The fire is now at 6,000 acres and is 0 percent contained.
On July 5, 2013, an Incident Management Team began assisting the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area with fighting the fire. According to Randy Swick, Area Manager for the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, “The assistance of the Incident Management Team will increase needed resources to efficiently fight this fire.”
“The team will also ensure that our firefighters are working safely, that the communities in proximity to the fire are protected, and that information provided to the public is up to date,” continued Swick. Swick said that local co-operating agencies’ assistance has been invaluable, and acknowledged the contributions of the City of Pahrump, Nye County, Las Vegas Metro, Nevada Division of Forestry, and the Bureau of Land Management.
Currently Trout Canyon, Kyle Canyon, and Lee Canyon are under an evacuation order. When evacuations occur, they are conducted by the Las Vegas Metro for these Mt. Charleston communities. For those affected by the fire, the Red Cross has opened a shelter in Pahrump. It is located at 7120 Hafen Ranch Road and their phone number is 702-423-6547. They have facilities to accommodate pets and an area that can accommodate horse trailers. Donations can be made to the American Red Cross or to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation at www.wffoundation.org.
A community meeting will be held tonight in Pahrump at 7:00 p.m. at the Nye County Chamber of Commerce, on 2100 Walt Whitman Drive. Fire officials will explain fire operations and answer questions.
The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area has put a Closure Order in place. The Closure Area includes:
- Lee Canyon Rd. (State Route 156) is closed at U.S. 95.
- Kyle Canyon Rd (State Route 57) is closed at U.S. Route 95.
- Trout Canyon Rd. is closed at State Route 160.
- Lovell Canyon Rd. is closed at Trout Canyon Rd.
A Red Flag warning has been issued for the fire area for today, July 5, 2013. Fire personnel will again face, hot and dry conditions, with low humidity’s and gusty winds.
Stage 1 Fire restrictions are in affect for Nevada.
No firefighter injuries have been reported and no structures have been lost.