Residents of Trout, Lovell Canyons Cleared to Return Home Sunday at 10 AM
Residents of Trout and Lovell canyons will be allowed to return to their homes after an evacuation from the Mt. Charleston fire starting at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 14, officials announced today.
It has not yet been determined when the residents of Lee and Kyle canyons will be able to return.
Those returning to Trout and Lovell canyons will pass through checkpoints staffed by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada Highway Patrol and other law enforcement officers, American Red Cross representatives, the Clark County Fire Department and volunteers. The returnees will be asked for proof of residency, which can include driver’s licenses or utility bills.
Reentry into these mountain communities is being allowed following the determination by fire unified command that it is safe once again to occupy these areas. Officials have been paving the way for a safe, orderly and efficient return that ensures public health and safety. This includes the restoration of essential public services, the protection of critical infrastructure and the removal and mitigation of potential hazards.
Officials anticipate that 24 hours after reentry to Trout and Lovell canyons by the residents, the checkpoints will removed and there will be full public access.
The Carpenter 1 fire has been burning since July 1, scorching 27,881 acres. The fire has been deemed 45 percent contained. The latest information on the fire can be found at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3481.
Returning to your home after a wildfire:
• You may see smoke near your home; this is to be expected and normal after a wildfire.
• Consider wearing proper clothing, such as boots, long pants and gloves. Ash and dust may be present and could pose health problems for people with respiratory issues.
Prior to entering your house
• Watch out for charred trees and power poles that may be unstable.
• Be aware of smoldering debris.
• Items around your house may have been moved by firefighters (chairs, tables, etc.)
• Ash pits (holes created by burning trees filled with hot ash) may be present in the surrounding area. Warn family and neighbors to keep clear of the pits also.
Entering your house:
• IF you smell GAS, leave immediately and contact the fire department and your gas company.
• Animals and insects may have entered your house, be aware as you open closets, storage areas, garage and outbuildings. If a deceased animal, wild or otherwise, that does not belong to you and is located on your property, please contact Clark County Animal Control.
• Be prepared to photograph your property for documentation, i.e. Insurance claims.
• Prior to cleaning you may want to contact your insurance company.
• Follow public health guidance on safe cleanup of fire ash and safe use of masks.
• Be prepared to discard food, as the power may have been off during the course of fighting the fire.
• Be prepared to discard water that is stored, as it may potentially be contaminated from ash.
Be aware of potential new hazards:
• You may be at an even greater risk of flooding due to the wildfires. Large-scale wildfires dramatically alter the terrain and ground conditions. Normally, vegetation absorbs rainfall, reducing runoff. However, wildfires leave the ground charred, barren, and unable to absorb water, creating conditions ripe for flash flooding and mudflow. Flood risk remains significantly higher until vegetation is restored—up to 5 years after a wildfire.
• Flooding after fire is often more severe, as debris and ash left from the fire can form mudflows. As rainwater moves across burnt ground, it can also pick up soil and sediment and carry it in a stream of floodwaters. These mudflows can cause significant damage.
Telephone number and websites on the back will provide you with additional information and resources.
Incident Public Information: 799-4610