Carpenter 1 Fire Update July 17, 2013
Incident: Carpenter 1 Wildfire
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 to the area on Friday, July 19.
Helicopters flew 19 hours on Tuesday patrolling the fire and dropping water on hot spots. Firefighters will continue to patrol and mop up all accessible portions of the fire perimeter, 300 to 500 feet into the interior today. Crews are positioned to provide initial attack response, should any new fires start in the area.
Wood chippers are being used in the upper canyon to chip vegetative debris from the checkline, or indirect fire line built to catch rolling materials from the steep rocks, in the avalanche paths below South Loop Trail ridgeline.
Weather conditions were hotter and dryer today with wind gusts up to 20 mph, but the fire lines held. This pattern will continue through tomorrow, further testing the containment lines. Rain chances will increase this weekend with a chance of precipitation on the western side of the fire.
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