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Fire Now 44 Square Miles, Containment Up

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(Las Vegas, NV KXNT/AP)– The Carpenter 1 wildfire has grown to more than 28,000 acres as crews remain hopeful that humid, rainy weather and lower temperatures will help them make headway in controlling the  fire just west of Las Vegas.

Forestry officials say the fire is now 15 percent contained. Containment slid from 15% to 10% earlier in the week when winds shifted.

The number of personnel now fighting the fire has grown to more than 1,250 people.

Clark County downgraded Wednesday’s air pollution alert–posted due to smoke and pollutants–to a less-serious air quality advisory. The latest advisory is in effect through Sunday.

This week, several local casino companies announced they were teaming with the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada to provide hotel rooms to people evacuated from their homes due to the fire.

The number of evacuees remains at around 500.

The wildfire was sparked by lightning July 1st. It has burned near near homes in Kyle Canyon and jumped over Kyle Canyon Road this week.

Firefighters bunk for the night as they prepare for another battle with the Carpenter 1 fire

Firefighters bunk for the night as they prepare for another battle with the Carpenter 1 fire

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