Carpenter 1 Fire Update Friday, July 12, 2013, 9 AM
Incident: Carpenter 1 Wildfire
A community meeting will be held today, Friday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m. in Pahrump, at the Commissioners’ Chambers, 2100 E. Walt Williams Drive (at the Calvada Eye).
Fire activity was moderate on Thursday due to precipitation and cloud cover. A half inch of rain was recorded on Angel Peak and in Kyle Canyon. Firefighters made good progress building containment lines along Kyle Canyon Road near Rainbow Subdivision, and on the southern perimeter between Trout Canyon and Lovell canyon. Another day of moderate fire activity is expected today and crews will take advantage of these conditions before hot and dry conditions return.
Fire crews will be patrolling and working to strengthen containment lines around the fire perimeter. Mopping up the hot fire edges is a continued focus of fire managers.
A helispot was created in the southeast section of the fire to allow easier access for crews. Four hotshot crews will be transported into this area to construct hand line along this uncontrolled fire edge, eastward from Lovell Canyon.
Crews are working in Kyle Canyon to construct line eastward from Rainbow Subdivision to connect with the uncontrolled fire edge in the northeast section of the fire. The fire continues to back slowly down the canyon toward Kyle Canyon Road, preventing safe ingress and egress in this location. There is still a lot of heat in these locations and falling trees, ash pits, and rolling debris are major concerns for firefighters.
Line construction is continuing in the southwest section of the fire, west of Trout Canyon Road. Fire managers are pleased with this progress.
The communities of Kyle Canyon, Lee Canyon and Trout Canyon remain under evacuation. James Bilbray Elementary and Hafen Elementary are designated as Red Cross reception centers. Both are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The U.S. Forest Service issued an area closure for the Spring Mountain Recreation Area on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5427697.pdf
Public escorts into the fire area have been discontinued. If you are in need of assistance, contact the American Red Cross at (702) 791-3311.