Mt. Charleston fire containment estimated for July 19 - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

Mt. Charleston fire containment estimated for July 19

Posted: Updated:
The sun sets behind a large plume of smoke rising from Mt. Charleston on July 5, 2013. (Source: FOX5 Viewer Gary) The sun sets behind a large plume of smoke rising from Mt. Charleston on July 5, 2013. (Source: FOX5 Viewer Gary)
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Woman arrested after toddler found beaten, legs tied together

    Woman arrested after toddler found beaten, legs tied together

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:04:34 GMT
    A Gulfport woman was arrested Thursday after officers said they found her kneeling over a 1-year-old that was beaten and bruised. Elise Arlyn Balsley-Bryant, 24, is charged with Felony Child Abuse.
    A Gulfport woman was arrested Thursday after officers said they found her kneeling over a 1-year-old that had been beaten and bruised. Elise Arlyn Balsley-Bryant, 24, is charged with Felony Child Abuse.
  • Worker dies after falling off I-40 bridge

    Worker dies after falling off I-40 bridge

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:56:25 GMT
    (WMC) - Arkansas State Police say it appears a construction or repair worker has fallen off the I-40 bridge near West Memphis. The worker may be alive, and crews are working to get him or her out of the
    Arkansas State Police say a construction or repair worker fell off the Hernando DeSoto bridge on Interstate 40 near West Memphis on Friday.
  • Arkansas man catches 3 bears on game camera

    Arkansas man catches 3 bears on game camera

    Saturday, August 23 2014 12:08 AM EDT2014-08-23 04:08:20 GMT
    One man getting ready for deer and turkey season in Arkansas stumbled upon something much larger.
    One man getting ready for deer and turkey season in Arkansas stumbled upon something much larger.
MT. CHARLESTON, NV (FOX5) -

Officials handling efforts to fight a wildfire on Mt. Charleston estimated containment for July 19.

Information from inciweb.org listed containment on Monday at 15 percent for the Carpenter 1 fire that has charred more than 15,000 acres.

A meeting was scheduled at 5:30 p.m. at the Centennial High School auditorium to provide fire evacuees and the public with information on containment.

A lightning strike started the blaze in the Carpenter Canyon area on the western side of the mountain July 1.

Inciweb.org said more than 750 firefighters are involved in the containment effort of the 15,286-acre fire.

"When there's a lot of smoke, it's hard to see the fire, so it's hard to use air resources and see what's going on," said Suzanne Shelp, spokeswoman for the United States Forest Service.

About 520 residents have been evacuated because of the fire. There are two shelters set up to assist evacuees - one at Hafen Elementary School in Pahrump and the other at James Bilbray Elementary School in Las Vegas.

On Sunday night, officials met with the residents displaced by the massive blaze. Some residents voiced their frustrations, but most seemed to be understanding of the difficult task firefighters are facing.

"These guys have a tough job, a tiring job and a stressful job, as well as a deadly job," said Don Posson, who lives in Kyle Canyon. "They're going to be at risk."

"The people on this mountain are so unique," said Rose Meranto, who also lives in Kyle Canyon. "Such an incredible group of people. These firefighters, our forestry people, our Metro - I can't sing their praises high enough. Absolutely, [they are] the creme de la creme."

Officials have closed Lee Canyon and Kyle Canyon roads at U.S. Highway 95, Trout Canyon Road at State Route 160 and Lovell Canyon Road at Trout Canyon Road.

Seven helicopters, four air tankers, 39 fire engines and 18 hot shots crews are part of the firefighting effort.

So far, no structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported.

More humid, rainy weather over the weekend assisted the firefighting effort, but only slightly.

If you have pictures of the fire that you'd like to share with FOX5, please email them to fox5web@fox5vegas.com.

Copyright 2013 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

472 Craighead Co. 766
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 931-8888

FCC Public File
publicfile@kait8.com
(870) 336-1816
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KAIT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.