(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–When crews got the Carpenter One wildfire under control this summer, residents were warned they might still see and smell smoke–for months.
There are new signs this week.
Windy conditions re-ignited some of the un-burned materials in the vast burn area this week, prompting crews to begin what is known as ‘dry-mopping’ operations to contain it. Fire crews go around the fire perimeter, turning over hot soil and rocks in hopes of cooling it to prevent additional flames and smoke from un-burned pine cones, brush, and downed branches or logs that can still burn.
Forestry spokeswoman Skye Sieber of the Spring Mountain Recreation Area tells KXNT in an interview that the burn zone remains off limits to visitors and residents. “The South Loop trail, the Griffith Peak trail, Cathedral Rock trail and Echo and Middle Falls trails are closed to entry”, she says. “That’s because we’ve got some hazards there. We’ve got some poles, snags, potential branches that can fall on people. Not a great place to be right now”.
The fire was considered 90% contained by late July, but it burned 28,000 acres and cost millions of dolalrs and more than a thousand personnel to battle it.