MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev. -- The Carpenter 1 Fire near Las Vegas has grown to nearly 28,000 acres or 44 square miles, according to the Incident Management Team.
No new structures have been burned and the wildfire is 43 percent contained, compared to 10 percent on Wednesday. Firefighters said the next few days will be critical.
The fire did expand into remote areas of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area causing the scenic loop and trials to be briefly closed to the public Thursday morning. The fire is burning in a an area difficult to reach. Officials said this fire may have to burn itself out.