Las Vegas CBS KXNT – Large hand-painted signs have been set out along Highway 157, also known as kyle canyon road. They express two sentiments — some give thanks to the fire fighters for their battle with the 27,000-acre Carpenter 1 wildfire.

Others say “we love our mountain,” which is what returning resident Nancy Howe said as she went through the police checkpoint on her way home.

“We can’t wait to see it after two weeks,” Howe told KXNT. She and her husband are full-time residents in Kyle Canyon.

Las Vegas Metro Police officer Bill Cassell gives credit to the residents for their orderly evacuation on the Fourth of July weekend. They had enough faith in public safety officials to cooperate when it became too dangerous to stay, Cassell said.

About a quarter of the residents returned by early afternoon on Wednesday, finding some scorched trees and the smell of smoke, but homes still standing.


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