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Awareness Highlighted 1 Year After Mt. Charleston Fire

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Smoke from the Carpenter 1 fire in the Spring Mountains range billows behind hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip on July 9, 2013 (photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Smoke from the Carpenter 1 fire in the Spring Mountains range billows behind hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip on July 9, 2013 (photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev. (AP) — Fire prevention advocates, area residents and Clark County officials are marking the anniversary of the start of a massive wildfire on a mountain near Las Vegas with a call for awareness of drought and effects of climate change.

A Tuesday event at the Resort on Mt. Charleston aims to showcase woodland scars, lasting effects and steps toward recovery from the Carpenter 1 fire.

The lightning-sparked burned for more than three weeks last July, forcing evacuations of hamlet homes and charring more than 43.5 square miles while more than 1,300 firefighters battled to contain it about 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Two firefighters were hurt and six structures were lost.

A month later, storm runoff from thunderstorms washing over scarred areas swept into northwest parts of Las Vegas.

 

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