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Carpenter 1 Fire Increases to 44 Square Miles

Smoke from the fire has blanketed sections of the Las Vegas valley.

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.

Interactive Map of Carpenter 1 Fire

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.

Coroner IDs Man Killed in Early Morning Accident

LAS VEGAS - The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man killed in an early morning crash as Thomas Mantyla, 40 of Wilmington, Delaware.

His cause of the death is still pending.

According to Metro Police, Mantyla was driving southbound on Town Center Drive near Havenwood Lane just before 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, when he crossed the center line and onto the raised center median.

The car continued southbound on the median and hit a street lamp post, police said. The lamp broke at the base and fell into the northbound lanes of Town Center Drive.

Medical personnel pronounced Mantyla dead at the scene.

This was the 52nd traffic related fatality in Metro's jurisdiction this year.

Summerlin Parade Becomes July Fourth Tradition

LAS VEGAS -- The Fourth of July festivities started early at the 19th annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval was there, along with more than 3,500 people who took part in the event.

The parade has become a tradition for so many local families.

Parade-goers braved the heat, quite a bit hotter this year than last year at the parade, but that didn't stop the crowds from coming out to support an event that's been going strong now for almost 20 years.

The parade is a family tradition for Steve Poggioni and his son, who started coming here since the event began back in 1994.

"He was like 5 or 6 (attending) the very first one," Poggioni said. "He's 25 now and he's here today. He loves it. He comes every year."

Northbound 215 at Ft. Apache Rd Reopens

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Highway Patrol has reopened the northbound lanes of the 215 beltway at Ft. Apache Road, after Metro Police were able to stop a suicidal man from jumping off the overpass.

The man was taken to Southern Hills Hospital.

The incident was first reported at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, when several witnesses called police to report the man was standing on the ledge.

Driving You Crazy: Slow Drivers Along Summerlin Parkway

LAS VEGAS - After seeing numerous motorists driving well below the maximum speed limit on Summerlin Parkway, a viewer wants to know if Nevada has a minimum speed limit.

When authorities see consistently slow speeds, they sometimes establish a minimum speed limit. Other states have this, but not Nevada. That's because Nevada typically experiences more problems with speeders than slow drivers.

If a driver is traveling 20 miles per hour or more below the maximum speed limit, that driver could be cited for impeding traffic. The laws vary depending on how many marked travel lanes there are on any given road.

Suspect Arrested in Apartment Complex Shooting

Brian Beltran

LAS VEGAS -- The suspect in a shooting that left a man dead at an apartment complex has been arrested in Fresno, California.

Brian Beltran, 38, was taken into custody Wednesday without incident in Fresno, Calif. Police said Beltran is responsible for the shooting death of 23-year-old Kenneth Mallet on Monday. Mallet was found in the parking lot of an apartment complex near Smoke Ranch Road and Tenaya Way.

Beltran was booked on a fugitive warrant for murder with a deadly weapon. He will be facing extradition proceedings to transfer him to Las Vegas.

Boys Make Discovery that Stumped Scientists

LAS VEGAS -- A group of valley kids were able to discover something scientists could not -- an invasive species taking over a local lake. Their findings may save schools of endangered fish and keep the lake's food chain afloat.

The peaceful waters of Lake Harriet in Spring Mountain Ranch State Park are full of creatures. It's a young boy's dream. Adventurers Cole Turner and Jack Silberman didn't know there was an unknown predator lurking in the water and devouring state protected Pahrump pool fish.

"He was like this big and he was like crawling up and I was like, oh my gosh! That's the biggest one we've had," said Jack Silberman.

The two boys managed to do in 15 minutes what the biologists couldn't do in weeks. They found an actual, live crayfish.

"We had the right timing. I mean we came in and we saw them," Silberman said.