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February 7, 2016

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Mount Charleston fire map and coverage

The map below shows the progression of the Carpenter 1 fire in the Mount Charleston area near Las Vegas. Each red shade represents the impacted area on a different day. The blue areas show where properties with improvements (such as houses or other buildings) are located. However, the map does not indicate where property damage has occurred. The yellow dot shows the approximate area where the fire began.














Fire information from InciWeb as of July 17, 2013. Property data from the Clark County Assessor's Office. Produced by Kyle B. Hansen.

Deer are shown by the Rainbow subdivision during a media tour on Mount Charleston Tuesday, July 9, 2013.
Wildlife, firefighters share ground on Mount Charleston as wildfire rages
July 9, 2013
Two deer nervously eyed a line of vehicles traveling down Mount Charleston and skittered away. They had been standing at the entrance to Rainbow subdivision, the cluster of cabins and A-frame homes on a winding road that had been threatened by wildfire just a day earlier.
Smoke from the Carpenter 1 wildfire is seen with the Las Vegas Strip in the foreground on Monday, July 8, 2013.
Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is helping in the fight against the Mount Charleston fire
July 9, 2013
Fire crews have already taken tens of thousand of gallons of water from its reservoir.
Smoke from the Mount Charleston wildfire is shown against the mountains in this view looking north on Rainbow Boulevard at sunset Monday, July 8, 2013.
Mount Charleston fire grows to more than 30 square miles; blaze crosses Kyle Canyon Road
July 9, 2013
Firefighters battling the wildfire engulfing more than 30 square miles of Mount Charleston faced a tough adversary Tuesday — a 20 mph southwest wind that was gusting to 30 mph.


Rental cabins are shown in Kyle Canyon on Mount Charleston on Thursday, April 5, 2012.
Mountain's residents live with constant threat of forest fires
July 9, 2013
For residents of the 400 homes that make up the Mount Charleston community, forest fires like the one currently burning on more than 15,000 acres there are disasters that can be prepared for but not entirely protected against.
Wildfire science: U.S. blazes becoming bigger, less predictable
July 9, 2013
The analytical work performed by fire scientists at the National Interagency Fire Center confirms what seems anecdotally evident: Wildfires are getting bigger — the average fire is now five times as large as it was in the 1980s — and these enormous conflagrations have a breathtaking facility to dance and grow. Unforeseen winds are swerving and turning on fire crews, and it’s no longer unusual for fires to double in size in a day.


Firefighter Troy Thomas, based in Owyee, Nev. smokes a cigarette before making camp in Pahrump after fighting the Carpenter 1 wildfire Sunday, July 7, 2013.
In the wildfire trenches: 800 firefighters, on 12-hour shifts, fueled by 6,000 calories
July 9, 2013
The day started with eggs and sausage, a hearty breakfast to give the 800-some firefighters battling the Mount Charleston wildfire a calorie boost. Their Monday would be long: a 12-hour shift, plus a couple of hours for transportation.
Audience members listen during a public briefing on the Carpenter 1 wildfire at Centennial High School on Monday, July 8, 2013.
Crews keep Mount Charleston wildfire at bay, protecting every structure so far
July 8, 2013
Firefighters had a “break-even” kind of day Monday in battling the vast wildfire at Mount Charleston, getting some containment in some areas, losing ground in others, but so far managing to save every structure, according to an official in charge of the operation.


Smoke from wildfire triggers air quality warning for week
July 8, 2013
With the Mount Charleston wildfire burning through thousands of acres, smoke from the fire has prompted Clark County officials to declare an air quality warning through Sunday.
Smoke from the Mount Charleston wildfire makes for a fiery sunset Monday, July 8, 2013.
Officials estimate Mount Charleston wildfire won't be contained until July 19
July 8, 2013
The estimated containment date – 11 days away and nearly three weeks from when the fire started – was included in an update from the Joint Information Center to area media.


Smoke from the multiple spots is seen as the Carpenter One fire continues to burn uncontrolled Saturday, July 6, 2013.
Las Vegans take to social media to discuss growing fire
July 8, 2013
News, commentary and photos via social media of the Carpenter 1 fire outside of Las Vegas.
Smoke from the Carpenter 1 wildfire is shown in the view from Highway 160 near Pahrump Sunday, July 7, 2013.
For Mount Charleston evacuees, some answers about the nation's top-priority wildfire
July 8, 2013
Mount Charleston residents flooded into a town hall-style meeting Sunday hungry for information about the nation’s top-priority wildfire, which has chewed through 14,458 acres and threatens more than 500 structures. Since a lightning strike set the mountain ablaze on July 1 and 520 residents were told on July 4 they should evacuate their homes on the mountain, rumors have been spreading almost as fast as the fire.


A Nevada Department of Transportation worker talks with a Kyle Canyon resident at a roadblock on Kyle Canyon Road at U.S. 95 Sunday, July 7, 2013. Residents who needed to get pets or medicine were allowed past the checkpoint.
Mount Charleston called nation's top wildfire priority; blaze is 15 percent contained
July 4, 2013
The cost of fighting the fire that is threatening more than 500 structures on Mount Charleston has grown to $2.4 million, but officials indicated Sunday the effort was making headway. Officials with the Great Basin Incident Management team, which is directing firefighting efforts on Mount Charleston, said the fire grew by just 50 acres -- from 14,108 acres earlier in the day to 14,158 acres late Sunday afternoon.


Smoke from a fire in the Spring Mountains west of Las Vegas blocks the sun along with clouds before sunset on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.
Crews continue to battle wildfire in Spring Mountains
July 2, 2013
A lightning strike to a tree sparked a fire in the Spring Mountains west of Las Vegas that has spread to about 1,100 acres, officials said Wednesday morning.