News Release - July 6 Evening
Incident: Carpenter 1 Wildfire
Pahrump, NV. . . With the Carpenter 1 Fire continuing to grow today on its northern flank, fire managers will begin using a two-pronged branch command structure to manage the more active side of the fire while ensuring speedy construction of direct line on the southern perimeter.
Command of the fire will pass to Rich Harvey’s Type 1 National Incident Management Team at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning. Based in Las Vegas, the Harvey team will direct firefighting forces on the northern flank. Marty Adell’s Type 2 IMT in Pahrump will be converted to a branch of the larger operation, which will concentrate on securing the southern side.
The new command structure simplifies logistics and reduces driving times. Crews assessing and performing structure protection in Kyle Canyon and Lee Canyon, on the north side of the fire, are currently “spiked out” in wilderness camps to avoid long daily commutes. Hot meals are being delivered to them tonight, but firefighters in spike camps often subsist on Meals Ready to Eat.
Firefighters took advantage of today’s cloud cover and slower fire growth to achieve 5 percent containment. Eight crews, 29 engines and eight watertenders, supplemented by helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, worked on the fire today, with additional resources expected to arrive tomorrow and over the following days.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval toured the fire area and the incident command post in Pahrump today.
Night crews will again patrol and monitor the fire.
The lightning-caused fire began July 1 on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, and is burning primarily in a wilderness area. It is currently the largest fire in Nevada.
No firefighter injuries have been reported and no structures have been lost.
Trout Canyon is under mandatory evacuation, Kyle Canyon has been evacuated and Lee Canyon is open to residents only. The American Red Cross is operating evacuation shelters at Hafen Elementary, 7120 S. Hafen Ranch Road in Pahrump and at James Bilbray Elementary, 9370 Brent Lane in Las Vegas.
The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area has issued a Closure Order:
- · Lee Canyon Rd. (State Route 156) is closed at U.S. 95.
- · Kyle Canyon Rd (State Route 57) is closed at U.S. 95.
- · Trout Canyon Rd. is closed at State Route 160.
- · Lovell Canyon Rd. is closed at Trout Canyon Rd.
Stage 1 Fire restrictions are in affect for Nevada.
Additional information can be found at www.inciweb.org.