A large plume of smoke from the Carpenter 1 wildfire rises over the Las Vegas Strip on July 10, 2013. (Source: Daryl Walls)
Flames from the Carpenter 1 wildfire engulf brush in the Spring Mountains. (Source: Inciweb.org)
Flames from the Carpenter 1 wildfire approach a road near Mt. Charleston on July 9, 2013. (Source: inciweb.org)
MT. CHARLESTON, NV (FOX5) -
There are hopeful signs concerning the Carpenter 1 fire on Mount Charleston heading into the weekend.
A lightning strike started the blaze in the Carpenter Canyon area on the western side of the mountain July 1.
Currently, the fire has spread to 27,881 acres, roughly 43 square miles.
The blaze is 45 percent contained, according to officials.
More than 1,300 people are battling the blaze, according to inciweb.org, a website used to provide information about the fire.
Since the blaze started, more than 500 residents have been evacuated from Kyle, Lee and Trout canyons. Residents were being allowed inside the evacuation zone with an escort.
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. The Southern Nevada chapter of the American Red Cross said they need donations to help fund their relief efforts.
So far, $13.16 million has been spent in an effort to contain the blaze.
Officials have closed the Spring Mountain Recreation Area. Several roads are also closed, including Lovell Canyon, Trout Canyon, Lovell Summit, Carpenter Canyon and Wallace Canyon roads at Highway 160. The Bristlecone, South Loop, North Loop and Griffith Park trails have also been closed.
Officials reopened Scenic Loop Drive on Thursday, but kept hiking trails off the roadway closed.
Officials said Monday they expect to have the fire contained by July 19.
A fire information hotline has been set up at 702-799-4610.
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