It was a long time coming. The Mount Charleston community gathered on Wednesday evening to celebrate and thank everyone involved in containing the Carpenter 1 fire.
The Resort on Mount Charleston was the location for a party, and there was much to celebrate as all but six structures on the mountain were spared the fire's wrath.
If you drive up Kyle Canyon road, you'll still see hot spots and some fire. The fire is 95-percent contained, but the ordeal is largely over, and the community is breathing a collective sigh of relief.
"It's more than a thank-you, it's a big hug to everybody who risked their lives, cared so much about the mountain," said resort manager Marc Nelson.
That included everyone from fire and police personnel to members of the Forest Service and volunteers.
"Some of the guys are caught off-guard. You know, they do this all the time, and they don't get so many pats on the back," said Ray Johnson with the U.S. Forest Service.
The biggest round of applause was reserved for Mount Charleston Station 81 Fire Capt. Dave Martin.
"It's nice to see everyone coming back into the community and getting together with friends," Martin said.
"These professional stepped in and saved millions of dollars of property in Kyle Canyon, not to mention the beauty of Mount Charleston," said Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown.
"It's the mountain community that we care about most of all, the beauty on the mountain and our friends and neighbors on the mountain that make this our home," Kyle Canyon resident Lauren Olson said.
The next step is for the Burn Area Emergency Response Team to implement remedies for the nearly 28,000 acres burned by Carpenter 1.
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