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Rehab center survives Carpenter 1 fire, continues to provide help

Mt. Charleston, Nev. -- A substance abuse treatment center was threatened by the Carpenter 1 wildfire. It even had to be evacuated.

Now, the place has bounced back after the disaster to continue helping those in need.

The Harris Springs Ranch is an all-male inpatient substance abuse treatment facility with 56 beds, which is usually full.

The Carpenter 1 wildfire came close to destroying the place.

“We were able to watch smoke, and watch the orange sky, for a couple of days,” deputy director Leo Magrdichian said. “Finally, we got the call, we need to evacuate.”

On July 4, 2013, the serenity of the ranch was disrupted.

“Yes, there was some crisis and some anxiety, most every individual was able to manage it because we did it as a team and we did it as a group,” Magrdichian said.

Men and boys in recovery, fighting abuse and addiction from drugs and alcohol had to flee the wildfire.

Destruction from flash floods still felt in Rainbow subdivision

LAS VEGAS -- The Carpenter 1 fire burned so fiercely it crested the top of Trout Canyon and moved downhill within feet of homes in the Rainbow subdivision.

Firefighters stopped the wildfire, but flash flooding from a series of monsoon rains proved to be more destructive. The destruction is still being felt a year later.

The fire raged, clearing the way for floods.

“Last year was a perfect storm with the forest fire and monsoon,” Sue Mowbray, whose cabin was damaged by the floods, said.

Mowbray spent $15,000 fixing her flood-damaged cabin. She considers herself one of the lucky ones.

“It came from both sides which hit homes on that side and then it hit here which hit homes on that side of the street then it merged and took out the street,” Mowbray said.

Her neighbor spent close to $200,000 cleaning up the flood damage. High Desert Landscaping is currently working on a way to defend the home, if the water rushes down again.

One year later: Mountain community still faces water woes

LAS VEGAS -- One year ago, a lightning strike lit on Mount Charleston sparked a forest fire that eventually blackened nearly 30,000 acres of the mountain.

The fire wiped out the only water source for a small mountain community near Pahrump. That community is now faced with $3 million in loans to restore access to fresh water.

The fire may be out, but the people who live in Trout Canyon are still struggling. Imagine not having running water to do dishes, a load of laundry or even flush the toilet. To restore water service could cost millions and there is little aid available to help the families of Trout Canyon.

When the flames swept over the mountain last year, firefighters stationed themselves in David Mallory's yard. Now, one year later, he's left looking over a barren mountainside. The wildfire stripped Trout Canyon of grass and trees that would prevent runoff from pouring down the mountain.





Mt. Charleston areas under threat of potential flooding

Courtesy: National Weather Service

MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev. - Flooding became a nightmare last year for people living on Mount Charleston and in the northwest part of the valley.

Forecasters will keep a close eye on monsoon season this year. That's because if heavy rain falls on burned areas of Mount Charleston, it could cause major flooding and debris flows for residents of the mountain and some valley neighborhoods.

Rain water charged through the Rainbow Canyon subdivision last year. The water was raging so fast, search and rescue teams had to bring residents to safety. Flash floods tore mountain roads and ripped sections of homes with mud, rocks and water. The damaging debris flows sheared the bark off of trees.

Weather officials say they are concerned if a storm drops a few inches of rain in some areas of the mountain, the same problems from last year could re-emerge.

Fire, flooding concerns persist on Mt. Charleston

MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev. - Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the Carpenter 1 fire. The massive fire burned 28,000 acres and cost millions of dollars in damage on Mount Charleston. As dry, hot conditions persist, fire officials say they are concerned history could repeat.

Forestry officials say it will take hundreds of years for Mt. Charleston to recover from the Carpenter 1 fire. Grass is growing in some of the burned areas, but the grass dries quickly and creates a fire hazard.

Many of the trees, grass and plants on the mountain are still charred. Officials with the Nevada Division of Forestry say we are under a red flag warning, which means the risks of a fire are high.

In addition to the excessive heat, low humidity and winds, Forestry officials say they are worried about the lack of snow during the winter. Mt. Charleston only received half of what it usually gets.

The upcoming three-day, holiday weekend adds to the concerns.

Family says goodbye to children who died in fire

LAS VEGAS -- A family said goodbye to a brother and sister who died in a house fire last week.

The family and friends of 2-year-old Ella Flores and 4-year-old Cruz Flores remembered the children in a funeral Friday. The children died after their house near Ann Road and Durango Drive caught on fire last Thursday.

Their parents and police tried to save them, but the smoke and fire were too intense. To help raise money for the family, a fundraiser is planned from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Joey's Tavern near Craig Road and U.S. 95. There will be a car wash, live music, even a BMX trick-riding show.

The family released a statement that said in part:

“What is evident is that even in the 2 and 4 years that we were blessed to have them here with us, they have placed an imprint on our hearts that will last a lifetime...and beyond.