Evening Update 7/8/2013
Incident: Carpenter 1 Wildfire
Date started: July 1, 2013
Location: Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, W Las Vegas, Nev.
Size: 15,263 acres
Percent contained: 15%
Structures lost: 0
Number of Personnel: 803
Water Tenders: 10
Helicopters: Three Type 1, two Type 1, three Type 3
Cost: $4.83 million
The Great Basin Team 2 Interagency Incident Command Team continues to provide for the safety of the firefighters and public. To date there are no firefighter injuries and no structure losses. With additional engines and crews arriving, over 800 firefighters are actively engaged on the fire as of this evening.
On the eastern side of the fire, firefighters continued to work to prevent fire from dropping into Kyle Canyon and possibly making a westward run up Kyle Canyon Road. The fire’s air fleet was assisting on the eastern flank as it was the top priority objective for today.
On the southern side of the fire, crews continued to build direct line northward from Lovell Canyon, while preparing for possible burnout operations west of Lovell Canyon. Firefighters also worked to build direct line on the western perimeter, located west of Trout Canyon. Existing lines held on the southwest edge of the fire and containment has remained at 15%.
Expected weather for this evening will be clear. The weather outlook for tomorrow will be mostly sunny with temperature ranges between 76 and 90 degrees over the fire area. Wednesday shows an increased chance of afternoon thunderstorms.
More than 803 personnel are now working on the fire from over 10 different states, including hotshot crews from California, Bear Divide, Groveland, Mill Creek and Stanislaus plus two homegrown Nevada crews, Black Mountain and Ruby Mountain. The Bonneville Hotshots are from Utah and Roosevelt Hot Shots from Fort Collins, Colorado.
Hotshot crews consist of 20 specially trained firefighters who can undertake assignments in remote and difficult areas.
The communities of Kyle Canyon, Lee Canyon and Trout Canyon are under evacuation. Residents are being allowed in with escort on a limited basis when conditions permit with Las Vegas Metro is providing the escort.