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Smoke from Carpenter Canyon Fire Wafts into Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Smoke from a wildfire in a remote area on the west side of Mount Charleston is wafting into the Las Vegas area, where a heat wave has forecasters predicting temperatures of 116 degrees.

Federal Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Hillerie Patton said Wednesday that about 120 firefighters and a helicopter are working to contain the fire in Carpenter Canyon. It’s estimated to be a little under 3 square miles.

No injuries are reported.

Patton says there are about 21 homes in the Trout Canyon area, about two miles away. They’re not immediately threatened, and no evacuation has been ordered.

Officials think the fire was sparked by lightning Monday in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area northwest of Las Vegas.

Patton says it’s burning in steep and rocky terrain pinyon-juniper forest.


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