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Fire crews say that today's weather helped their fight against wildfire

Fire crews say that today's weather helped their fight against wildfire

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jul 11, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The massive wildfire in the Spring Mountains has grown to almost 28,000 acres or more than 43 square miles.

Today's stormy weather has been a help to fire crews who are fighting the massive blaze.

Firefighters told Action News that the cloud cover is allowing them to get ahead of the Carpenter 1 wildfire.

Incident meteorologist Jason Clapp said just enough rain felling the mountains on Thursday morning to wet the dry brush that has been fueling the fire for more than a week.

Firefighters were hoping for a steady rain today to help their efforts in battling the blaze but they were also worried that flash flooding could cause major debris flow.

The rain received last night and this morning did help the air quality in the Las Vegas Valley. The air quality alert that was issued on Wednesday has been downgraded to an advisory.

The fire grew yesterday, primarily in the southeast section toward the La Madre Mountain. The mountain is the crown peak of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

However, it did not reach the crest.

The southern section of the fire is secure and holding north of Lovell Summit Road and crews will be mopping up along the fire edge, supported by aircraft.

Crews will also be constructing fire lines north toward Charleston Peak.

The northern section of the fire edge, near Kyle Canyon, is blackened and secure up to the structures. Crews will mop up and maintain structure protection near Harris Springs Road and Prospect Springs Ranch.

Firefighters are also constructing a line southeast into the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area.

Access to Red Rock was limited yesterday with all the trails and loops closed. The loop is back open today and some trails. The visitor center is also open.

The latest information about the fire can be found here.



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