The sun sets behind a large plume of smoke rising from Mt. Charleston on July 5, 2013. (Source: FOX5 Viewer Gary)
MT. CHARLESTON, NV (FOX5) -
Officials handling efforts to fight a wildfire on Mt. Charleston estimated containment for July 19.
Information from inciweb.org listed containment on Monday at 15 percent for the Carpenter 1 fire that has charred more than 15,000 acres.
A meeting was scheduled at 5:30 p.m. at the Centennial High School auditorium to provide fire evacuees and the public with information on containment.
A lightning strike started the blaze in the Carpenter Canyon area on the western side of the mountain July 1.
Inciweb.org said more than 750 firefighters are involved in the containment effort of the 15,286-acre fire.
"When there's a lot of smoke, it's hard to see the fire, so it's hard to use air resources and see what's going on," said Suzanne Shelp, spokeswoman for the United States Forest Service.
About 520 residents have been evacuated because of the fire. There are two shelters set up to assist evacuees - one at Hafen Elementary School in Pahrump and the other at James Bilbray Elementary School in Las Vegas.
On Sunday night, officials met with the residents displaced by the massive blaze. Some residents voiced their frustrations, but most seemed to be understanding of the difficult task firefighters are facing.
"These guys have a tough job, a tiring job and a stressful job, as well as a deadly job," said Don Posson, who lives in Kyle Canyon. "They're going to be at risk."
"The people on this mountain are so unique," said Rose Meranto, who also lives in Kyle Canyon. "Such an incredible group of people. These firefighters, our forestry people, our Metro - I can't sing their praises high enough. Absolutely, [they are] the creme de la creme."
Officials have closed Lee Canyon and Kyle Canyon roads at U.S. Highway 95, Trout Canyon Road at State Route 160 and Lovell Canyon Road at Trout Canyon Road.
Seven helicopters, four air tankers, 39 fire engines and 18 hot shots crews are part of the firefighting effort.
So far, no structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported.
More humid, rainy weather over the weekend assisted the firefighting effort, but only slightly.
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