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Evacuated Order Lifted on Mt. Charleston

MT. CHARLESTON -- Residents of Mount Charleston can now go home. They were evacuated after a blaze burned in the Rainbow Canyon area off SR-157.

More than 250 firefighters were called on to battle the blaze northwest of Las Vegas. While crews are making progress in containing the fire, they are dealing with tough terrain conditions.

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Various state and local agencies are working on dousing the fire which has blackened more than 20 acres. The BLM says the fire was started Thursday morning by an illegal campfire. The fire is now about 50 percent contained and moving away from homes.

There will be a community meeting for Mt. Charleston residents tonight at 6 p.m. at Bilbray Elementary School.

A water tanker from Cedar City, Utah is dumping a mixture of fertilizer and water over the blaze and there are also two helicopters dropping water in 10 minute intervals.

"The terrain, as you did see is very steep, very rugged. It has caused problems, but that's what our firefighters are trained in," said Kirsten Cannon, BLM.

Nevada Division of Forestry firefighter Jorge Gonzales says they have run into several problems trying to put out this stubborn fire.

"Between the two subdivisions, the fire spread real quick. There's a lot of spotting. Embers were flying off and starting new fires," he said.

There have been no reports of any structures damaged or any reports of injuries.


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