Weather Alerts 1 View »

Local casinos opening rooms to wildfire evacuees

Photo Courtesy: M Cunningham

Local casinos opening rooms to wildfire evacuees

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Jul 9, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Several local casinos are teaming up with the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada to provide hotel rooms to people evacuated from their homes, due to the Carpenter 1 Wildfire.

Cannery Casino Resorts has offered 40 hotel rooms to displaced families for 10 days each, the amount of time that the fire department estimates the fire will be contained.

"We have a longstanding practice of supporting the community and so when we heard about the evacuation we knew we needed to do something impactful for our neighbors by making them more comfortable and contributing to the Red Cross relief effort," said Xavier Walsh, Cannery Casinos Resorts chief operating officer.

Westgate Flamingo Bay is also providing free housing to wildfire evacuees.

Their housing portion is currently full, but they are working to open up more rooms.

Lloyd Ziel with the Red Cross said people who need shelter should contact volunteers at Hafen Elementary School in Pahrump or Bilbray Elementary School in Las Vegas.

As of Tuesday afternoon, no homes have been damaged by the wildfire.