November 23, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Residents are returning home in some mountain areas near Las Vegas where officials are reporting 70 percent containment of a wildfire that has been burning for two weeks in the wilderness around Mount Charleston.
Fire spokesman Larry Helmerick said Monday that Lee Canyon residents will need to show identification at a checkpoint. But they're now being allowed to head home.
Residents in the more populated Kyle Canyon area are scheduled to be allowed home Wednesday.
More than 1,000 firefighters are still on the job.
No new injuries are reported and no new structures are threatened by the Carpenter 1 fire 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
It's burned about 44 square miles since being sparked by lightning July 1.
About 30 Trout and Lovell canyon residents began returning home Sunday.