LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wet weather and clouds have helped crews increase containment to 43 percent on a wildfire that's burned for 10 days in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas, but officials are concerned about too much of a good thing.
Heavy rains could cause flash floods and sudden landslides carrying fire-damaged trees and loose soil down steep mountain canyons toward firefighters.
The lightning-sparked Carpenter 1 fire started July 1. It's charred almost 44 square miles of steep and rocky terrain near mountain hamlets. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Suzanne Shelp said Friday the danger was still too great to allow residents who were evacuated last weekend to return.
Several firefighters have reported knee and ankle injuries during the firefighting effort. Shelp says one person, an incident command support worker who suffered heat illness, had to be hospitalized.
The blaze destroyed a commercial building and five ranch structures Tuesday in the Prospect Springs area.
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