News Release - July 6 morning
Incident: Carpenter 1 Wildfire
Pahrump, NV. . . The Carpenter 1 Fire has grown to 10,935 acres and remains uncontained. Yesterday, 12 crews, 26 engines and five watertenders, aided by aerial resources, fought the fire in hot, dry conditions that produced crown runs, spotting and rapid rates of spread.
Fuels in the fire area are uncommonly dry, said fire behavior analyst Ken Loda, who found needles snapping on Ponderosa pines, and mountain mahogany “with no moisture to them at all,” when he examined fuels in Kyle Canyon.
“The living, as far as the fire goes, might as well be dead,” said Loda. “The generic term I use is ‘crispy.’”
Night crews patrolled and monitored the fire overnight.
No firefighter injuries have been reported and no structures have been lost.
More than 100 people attended a community meeting last night at the Nye County Commissioners’ Chambers in Pahrump, where fire officials and other local leaders provided an update on fire activity and answered residents’ questions.
The lightning-caused fire began July 1 on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. Rich Harvey’s Type 1 National Incident Management Team will transition from the Type 2 Incident Management Team and assume command of the fire.
“We would like to thank the Type 2 Management Team for their hard work,” said Randy Swick, Area Manager for the Spring Mountains National Recreation area. “Due to circumstances with the expanding fire, we felt that the Type 1 Incident Team and their resources were needed to work on this fire.”
Trout Canyon, Kyle Canyon and Lee Canyon are currently under evacuation. The American Red Cross is operating an evacuation shelter for those affected at 7120 Hafen Ranch Road in Pahrump. It can accommodate pets and horse trailers. Donations can be made to the American Red Cross or to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation at www.wffoundation.org.
The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area has issued a Closure Order:
- Lee Canyon Rd. (State Route 156) is closed at U.S. 95.
- Kyle Canyon Rd (State Route 57) is closed at U.S. 95.
- Trout Canyon Rd. is closed at State Route 160.
- Lovell Canyon Rd. is closed at Trout Canyon Rd.
Stage 1 Fire restrictions are in affect for Nevada.
Additional information can be found at www.inciweb.org.