Carpenter Canyon Fire: How Las Vegas Can Help

Published On July 10, 2013 | By Christa Schueler | Charity, Community

How Does Las Vegas Help?

Carpenter Canyon Fire: How Las Vegas Can HelpAs the Carpenter 1 fire continues to burn in the Spring Mountains, many people here in Southern Nevada want to reach out and help those who are fighting the wildfire and those who have been affected by it.

Hundreds of residents and visitors had to be evacuated from Trout, Lee and Kyle Canyons as eight hot shot crews are currently trying to battle the blaze that is only 10% contained.  Extreme heat, dry conditions, and 30 MPH wind speeds are just a few factors hindering the firefighters attempts at further containment therefore officials are stating that it could be another week and a half before the fire is under control.

In the meantime, locals want to know, “How can I help?” Two Southern Nevada Chapter Red Cross receptions centers have been set up to assist evacuees: one in Pahrump and the other in Centennial Hills.  If you’d like to make donations, please go to their site or at contact them at (702) 369-3674.

Another way to help is to become a member of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, The 52 Club. This donation of $52 dollars ($1 dollar a week) goes to aid fallen firefighters’ families. So far only one injury to date has been reported during the Carpenter Canyon fire, however, support is greatly needed. You will receive a 52 Club patch, pin, and helmet sticker with your membership. Visit to join.

Carpenter Canyon Fire: How Las Vegas Can Help

A command center has been set up for the firefighters at Centennial Hills High School. Fortunately, the firefighters are being taken care of despite rumors of them needing items like water, baby wipes and Gatorade. Jennifer from the Red Cross informed Recess what these firefighters really need is support in the form of cards and decorations. Although donations of any kind will be accepted at the Centennial High location.

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Since Centennial Hills has been made into an outpost, thank you cards and other decor have been lining the halls of the school showing gratitude and support for these brave men and women who are putting their lives on the line everyday. Information Officer James Stone gave Recess Community Director Melly Allen a tour of the makeshift command post, proudly showing off the banners and well-wishes from the Las Vegas residents. If you’d like to send a card or have your child make one, we urge you to do so.  Tonight, there will be a community meeting open to the public at 5:30 to update the public on the status of the fire at Centennial Hills High School.

Carpenter Canyon Fire: How Las Vegas Can Help

About The Spring Mountains Fire

An update issued by Forest Service at 9 a.m. today, July 10th, reports 25,524 acres total have burned so far and is 10% contained. Winds gusting to speeds of 30 miles per hour yesterday are expected to continue again today as well. The fire originated from a lighting strike on July 1st, 2013.

So far six structures have been lost to the fire. The cost thus far is $6.2 million dollars and climbing daily. On Tuesday, helicopters flew more than 43 hours and dropped 162,000 gallons of water on the fire. There are twenty-four crews and fifty-one engines helping to control the blaze. Evacuations include, Kyle canyon, Lee Canyon, and Trout Canyon and fire managers are optimistic about containing the eastern side of the fire boundaries.

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About The Author

UNLV graduate, wife, mother of three, blogger and aspiring novelist, Christa Schueler brings her writing, editing and research skills to Recess. As an advocate for education and health reform and a 25 year Las Vegas resident, Christa understands the need for providing a platform and a "voice" for women in Southern Nevada. Despite Las Vegas being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Christa has seen continual lack of community connection and strives to change that. Now, she's joined the sandbox revolution!

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