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article imageLas Vegas-area wildfire has consumed 25,500 acres since July 1 Special

By Kay Mathews     Jul 11, 2013 in Environment
Las Vegas - The wildfire raging west of the Las Vegas Valley was started by a lightning strike on July 1 and since then it has consumed more than 25,000 acres. The costs of fighting it are nearing $6 million and counting.
According to KVVU Las Vegas, on July 1 lightening started a wildfire "in the Carpenter Canyon area of the Spring Mountains, west of the Las Vegas Valley." KVVU noted that the "small fire quickly spread" and by July 3 the wildfire covered "1,100 acres" of Mt. Charleston.
What is being called the "Carpenter 1" or "Mt. Charleston" fire "has spread to 25,000 acres and jumped across Kyle Canyon Road. It is only 10 percent contained. That's down from 15 percent Tuesday," KLAS-TV reported on July 10.
KLAS-TV contued, "The fire may be miles away from the Las Vegas valley, but valley residents can see and smell its thick smoke. Some neighborhoods are seeing ashes falling from the sky – a clear indication this fire is growing and becoming more destructive."
In a July 10 interview with Scotty Goedeck, he was asked if and how the fire impacted him. "As far as how the fire has effected me...not much really," said Goedeck. "Although, it is sad to see the trees burn. There are so few in the desert already. The smoke hasn't really bothered us here on the SE side of Vegas Valley."
Goedeck is a resident of Henderson, Nevada, and he provided photographs of the sunset behind the Mt. Charleston fire and said they were taken at Henderson, which is "approximately 30 miles from the Stratosphere and about another 30 miles to Mt. Charleston."
Sunset behind the Mount Charleston fire.  Henderson  Nevada.  July 9  2013
Sunset behind the Mount Charleston fire. Henderson, Nevada. July 9, 2013
Scotty Goedeck
Goedeck works at Desert Boilers & Controls, Inc. in Las Vegas, which, he says is located "one block off of the strip, literally half a block behind the Stratosphere." Goedeck spoke to some colleagues at work about the fire and said, "The people who live west of the strip and further north are getting the smell, some ash and in one case a friend of mine says he sees the flames every morning the past few days on his way to work. He works closer to the affected area." Goedeck added, "Pretty much everyone says the same thing that lives over near the mountain. Some ash and a distinct smell, like a campfire almost but real heavy. And the air feels thicker when you breathe."
In fact, according to KVVU, an "air quality advisory, which was triggered by smoke from the Carpenter 1 wildfire, is in effect through Thursday."
Today the wildfire "crested the peak of Mount Charleston," states CBS News.
And an updated report from KLAS-TV Las Vegas states, "The Carpenter 1 fire burning on Mount Charleston has consumed 25,524 acres and six structures." Further, KLAS-TV reports, "There are more than 1,000 firefighters working the blaze which covers nearly 40 square miles. The fire is 15 percent contained, up 5 percent from the previous day."
To date, the cost of fighting the fire that started on July 1 is almost $6 million and two minor injuries, one to a firefighter and one to a camp staffer, have been reported.
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