Weather Lends Firefighters A Hand In Nevada

LAS VEGAS (July 12, 20130--Wet and cloudy weather was helping the firefighters who are battling a mountain blaze that has charred almost 44 square miles near Las Vegas.

The Carpenter 1 wildfire was more than 40 percent contained Friday, but U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Suzanne Shelp said the danger is still too great to let residents return to about 400 homes and other buildings in the Kyle Canyon area of Mount Charleston.

Firefighters were working to stop the spread of the fire south into the scenic Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, just 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip.

The 13-mile drive through the area was closed for a time on Thursday.

Shelp says no new injuries were reported among the 1,300 firefighters and support personnel battling the flames and no additional structures have been lost.

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