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Carpenter 1 Wildfire Now 80 Percent Contained

(Las Vegas, NV)  —  Firefighters now have 80 percent containment of the Carpenter 1 wildfire on Mount Charleston.

They expect to hand off suppression efforts to local authorities later this week.

Mop-up efforts for the nearly 28,000 acre lightning-sparked blaze will get underway Tuesday.

Full containment is not expected for several months.   Officials are allowing fires in the higher elevations to burn themselves out.

People affected by the fire are making their way home for the first time in nearly two weeks.  Over two dozen residents in the Trout and Lovell Canyon area returned Sunday, while home and business owners in Lee Canyon were allowed back Monday.

Kyle Canyon residents should return home tomorrow, with the Mount Charleston area open to the public by Friday.

One of the two Red Cross shelters used by residents affected by the wildfire has closed.   Hafen Elementary School in Pahrump was used for residents in the area.

Another Red Cross shelter at Bilbray Elementary in Las Vegas remains open, as more homeowners wait for the okay to go back home.

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