(KYLE CANYON, KXNT)–KXNT traffic reporter Karen Fedell is a Kyle Canyon resident who, like her neighbors, feels a special bond with the people who put their lives on the line trying to save the canyons from wildfire destruction.
So she began making colorful bandannas during the weeks that crews were battling fires and residents kept their fingers crossed from a distance. “I had taken them to one of the fire meetings at Red Rock over a weekend for Brandon (one of the fire crew chiefs) to hand out. I didn’t think that 10 years from now they would remember the ‘Carpenter 1’ fire…but, they will always remember the fire in Vegas!”, said Karen. ” And I didn’t want to be confused with Pahrump”
Before long, Karen’s busy hands had made a hundred of the kerchiefs which the crews displayed in the group shot that accompanies this story.
“People always ask where I got the idea from…. well, we were asked to think about things you would need camping…chapstick, aloe gel, sunscreen, etc to donate for the fire fighters. I thought, ‘Bandannas!’. You can use them for lots of things from tourniquets to head bands to face masks.”
The return of residents to the canyons and the accompanying reduction in fire crews means the connection between the two can wither. Eventually the ‘Thank you’ signs and the roadside Red Cross tents will disappear. But Karen’s bandannas? They’re likely to remain keepsakes.