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Jul 13, 2013 9:41 PM by Associated Press, Posted By: Annie Snead

Some Nevada wildfire evacuees cleared to go home

Some residents will be allowed to return to their mountain homes near Las Vegas on Sunday, 10 days after they were forced to flee because of a wildfire.

About 30 residents of Trout and Lovell canyons got the good news Saturday, while some 350 residents of Lee and Kyle canyons are awaiting word on when they can go home.

The fire was 60 percent contained Saturday.

Fire information officer Larry Helmerick says rain and cloud cover allowed firefighters to increase containment of the Carpenter 1 Fire on Mount Charleston, 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa says officials hope further improvement will allow other residents to return home as soon as possible.

The 44-square mile wildfire was sparked by lightning on July 1.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

 

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