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Little evidence of wildfire on Mt. Charleston

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A shot of Lee Canyon on Tuesday, July 16. (Azenith Smith/FOX5) A shot of Lee Canyon on Tuesday, July 16. (Azenith Smith/FOX5)
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MT. CHARLESON (FOX5) -

Despite the nearly 28,000 acres burned by the Carpenter 1 fire on Mount Charleston, much of the mountain remains green, and evidence of the wildfire is hard to come by.

The fire hasn't grown in five days, and is currently 80 percent contained. FOX5 on Tuesday got to take a tour of Lee Canyon, an area now open to residents and business owners.

The smell of smoke in Lee Canyon is largely gone. Homeowners in the area said they have returned to rotten food, but that's the extent of the damage.

"It looked beautiful. It was what I was waiting to see for two weeks. Everything is beautiful," Lee Canyon resident JaeAna Bernhardt said.

Lee Canyon was one of four communities evacuated, when the fire threatened homes and burned roughly 44 square miles.

"It's nice to see the trees, and the wild horses were out in the meadow yesterday. The hummingbirds are flying around everywhere. It's nice. It's good to be back," Bernhardt said.

The fire didn't end up coming near Lee Canyon, which includes a campground, as well as Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort.

"I never felt threatened by any flames. There was smoke for sure, I could see smoke. I didn't see any flames, there was nothing coming over the ridge," said Lee Canyon resident Marcel Barel.

Fire officials said only a few areas were severely burned, particularly Prospect Ranch, where six structures were lost.

"On the south side of Kyle Canyon, on the hillsides, there is still some burning material. There is some chance of it to spread a bit. We are actively putting those out. We are putting them to bed today," said fire information officer Jon Kohn.

Kohn credited the more than 1,000 firefighters who fought Carpenter 1 for saving the mountain's beauty.

Many of the burned areas aren't visible from the main roads. Visitors may see signs of where the fire jumped Kyle Canyon Road near mile marker 6, however.

The entire mountain could be open to the public by Friday. The fire is expected to be 90 percent contained by Thursday evening.

A small portion of the fire is expected to continue burning in a rocky area near Kyle Canyon for the foreseeable future. Fire officials said the area is too remote and dangerous for firefighters to get to, but that crews will ensure it doesn't get out of control.

Full containment isn't expected until fire season concludes in October.

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