Carepenter 1 Fire Update July 16, 2013
Incident: Carpenter 1 Wildfire
Fire updates will only be provided once daily, in the morning, from this point forward.
Residents and business owners will be allowed back into Kyle Canyon, Wednesday, July 17, at 10 a.m.
The general public will be given access on Friday, July 19.
Firefighters continue to focus efforts on mopping up the fire edge 500 feet into the interior near the Rainbow subdivision. Any visible smoke near the residential areas will be extinguished. Crews will continue patrolling and mopping-up 300 feet along the remaining fire edge. Heavy equipment continues to repair damage and gain access into the areas affected by flash flooding and debris flows from the storms last week.
Crews on the east side of the fire continue to improve fire line by trimming up pinyon-juniper trees rather than dig fire line and disturb fragile soils. Chippers are being used in the upper canyon to chip debris from the checkline, or indirect fire line built to catch roll out from the steep rocks, in the avalanche paths below South Loop Trail ridgeline.
The active fire edge, south of Highway 157 and east of Rainbow, continues to slowly back down the mountain. It may take several more days before this section of line is secured. There is also active fire high above the Cathedral rock area, where the terrain is too steep for safe access. This will continue to smolder until the fuel is burned out or until it is extinguished by rainfall.
Hotter temperatures are expected in the fire area today. Thunderstorm chances exist all week with greater potential late in the week.
The community of Kyle Canyon remains under evacuation. James Bilbray Elementary continues to serve as a Red Cross reception center, 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