Morning Fire Update for July 8, 2013
Incident: Carpenter 1 Wildfire
For Immediate Release: Monday, July 8, 2013, 9 a.m
Joint Information Center (702) 799-4610 (8 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
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Special Notes: A Public Meeting is scheduled for tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Centennial High School Auditorium. A Joint Information Center is in operation. All calls should be directed to (702) 799-4610.
Date started: July 1, 2013
Number of Personnel: 753
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Size: 15, 286 acres
Percent Contained: 15%
Estimated Containment: 7/19/13
Water Tenders: 10
Helicopters: 4 Type 1, 1 Type 2, 3 Type 3
Structures lost: 0
Injuries to Date: 0
Cost to Date: $2,400,000
Last night firefighters were able to bring the fire down to within a quarter mile of the Kyle Canyon Road near the Rainbow subdivision. Engines and a hand crew were engaged in this effort to secure the fireline. Engines monitored and patrolled the fireline and the Kyle Canyon Road throughout the night for spot fires.
Aircraft dropping retardant were used to check the fire’s progression along the north flank and above residential structures but were affected by high winds and smoke conditions in the canyon areas. Direct line was constructed along the southern perimeter of the fire as fire behavior and terrain allowed.
Today’s Forecast and Activity
Today with a hotter, drier weather pattern setting up for the next few days, several areas are of critical concern for firefighters. The highest area of concern is the portion of the fire that extends to the east, south of Kyle Canyon Road. Firefighters will work to keep the fire from dropping into Kyle Canyon preventing an end run west up the Kyle Canyon Road.
The second area of concern is the northwest line of the fire on the Pahrump side. Aircraft will be dropping retardant along this mostly inaccessible ridge line where it will be effective in stopping the fire spread. Hand crews will be working the southern end of this fire edge as they are able to safely gain access, backing up the retardant efforts. Priorities will shift should there be movement of the fire towards any structures, particularly in the Kyle Canyon area.
Firefighters will continue to look for and extinguish any spot fires along the Kyle Canyon Road resulting from the partial burn out operation last night.
Fire activity will be on the increase today as the skies will be mostly cloudless with hotter temperatures and drier air. Southwest winds will be gusting to 20 mph. Yesterday’s cloud cover kept fire activity moderate. With this change in weather, firefighter safety will be foremost on everyone’s mind.
Evacuations and Closures Mandatory evacuations are in effect for Kyle Canyon, Lee Canyon and Trout Canyon community.