Action News receives first-hand look at wildfire response

Photo Courtesy: Carla Volz Diaz

Action News receives first-hand look at wildfire response

By Victoria Spilabotte. CREATED Jul 9, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Spring Mountains continue to burn as fire crews work to battle nearly 20,000 acres of fiery inferno, while keeping locals out of harm's way.

The fire has now crossed over Kyle Canyon Road, and one commercial structure in Prospect Ranch has been destroyed by the fire. Officials said the fire is now only 10-percent contained.

More than 800 people are desperately working to stop the fire in its tracks, and allow people to go home for the first time in days.

Action News received a tour of some of that charred area on Tuesday, getting a first-hand look at what the flames have done to the mountain retreat.

Firefighters are working to keep the flames from spreading to nearby homes in the Rainbow Subdivision on Mount Charleston and the camp grounds on the mountain.

The terrain is extremely steep and rocky, which is called "hot shot country."

The lead team of crews, who work to contain the fire on the ground, use a lot of hand tools such as chain saws and axes to try and prevent the fire from spreading.

"Water is a very scarce resource here and we're measuring how much we're using," said Mark Radbau, structure protection specialist.

Action News observed those hot shot crews on Tuesday build a fire line and burn up dry brush around homes in the Rainbow Subdivision to make sure the fire travels down the mountain, and not toward the homes.

No homes have been lost and the evacuation order is still in place for many residents.

Another community meeting will be held Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. at Centennial High School.