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Residents returning to Mount Charleston near Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Residents are heading back to mountain hamlets once threatened by a massive wildfire on Mount Charleston northwest of Las Vegas.

Officials reported 85 percent containment Wednesday of the 43.6-square-mile Carpenter 1 fire, and said more than 700 firefighters and support personnel are still working to snuff out hot spots.

Las Vegas police were operating checkpoints for more than 400 people due to return to the Old Town, Rainbow and Echo communities in Kyle Canyon.

Hikers and sightseers won’t be allowed into the area until Friday.

Fire officials reported a second injury Tuesday among crews battling hot, dry and gusty winds. No new structures were damaged.

The fire was sparked by lightning July 1 in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. The cost of fighting it is approaching $18 million.

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