LAS VEGAS (AP) – A lightning-caused fire along Mt. Charleston that has triggered the evacuation of more than 500 residents from two towns in the area is now considered 15-percent contained, according to officials at a Sunday briefing.

The fire had burned just over 14,000 acres as of Sunday, according to information from the Nevada BLM.

Due to the fire, the Clark County Department of Air Quality extended a health advisory for smoke and ground-level ozone through Sunday around Las Vegas.

Forest Service officials said they found extremely brittle needles and leaves on ponderosa pines and mountain mahogany with no moisture whatsoever in the fire area, located 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Some 400 firefighters were battling the blaze with the help of an aerial assault involving five helicopters and five air tankers. A Type 1 team with more extensive training and access to resources was assuming command of fire efforts as of Sunday.

Officials have announced a public meeting to update residents on the fire early Sunday evening at Centennial High School in northwest Las Vegas.

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