(Las Vegas, NV)  —  Residents evacuated from two canyons affected by the Carpenter 1 fire near Las Vegas began returning to their homes on Sunday morning.

Officials gave clearance for residents of Lovell and Trout canyons to begin returning to their properties at 10a Sunday morning.

Residents of Lee Canyon and employees of a nearby ski lodge were given clearance to begin returning on Monday morning.

And Kyle Canyon residents have been given the OK by officials to return to their properties on Wednesday morning.

Officials say the fire is now 70% contained. Officials believe it will be as much as 90% contained before long, with only a few isolated spots on ridges that will be trouble spots.

The fire has not gained ground since late last week. Approximately 28,000 acres, or 44 square miles have burned.

Two inches of rain fell along Mt Charleston and Spring Mountain on Thursday and Friday, giving a big assist to the firefighting crews. More than 1,300 firefighters have been involved in the blaze. Officials have estimated the cost of their efforts has topped $14 million.



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