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Carpenter 1 fire now 43 percent contained

Carpenter 1 fire now 43 percent contained

By Katie Crowther. CREATED Jul 12, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Firefighters are making strides in battling the Carpenter 1 wildfire on Mount Charleston. As of Thursday night, crews have the blaze 43 percent contained.

But, they still have their work cut out from them. The fire has grown to more than 28,000 acres. That's the equivalent of about 45 square miles.

Authorities say the fire expanded into remote areas of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Thursday morning, causing the the closure of the park's scenic loop. Although the loop is back open, all hiking trails are closed.

According to fire officials,  the rain has helped fight the blaze. But it could also cause flash flooding on the mountain.

The fire has now been burning for more than a week. Families were first evacuated on Thursday, July 4. There are a total of about 500 evacuees.

Those in charge of the operation say their top priority is getting people back in their homes. They're developing a detailed plan to do so. They need to make sure all roads are clear, and that utilities are restored.

Once officials decide that evacuees can return home, they will spread the word via local media and social media websites. Evacuees can get constant updates by calling 799-4610.

Fire crews say they have enough bottled water, Gatorade, socks, chap stick, etc.  The want to get the word out that no more donations of this kind are needed. They say the outpouring of community support and generosity has been amazing.

The cost associated with fighting the fire is now up to $9.5 million.