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Residents Return Home to Some Mount Charleston Areas

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Residents are returning home in some mountain areas near Las Vegas where officials are reporting 70% containment of a wildfire that has been burning for two weeks in the wilderness around Mount Charleston.

Fire spokesman Larry Helmerick said Monday that Lee Canyon residents will need to show identification at a checkpoint. But they're now being allowed to head home.

Residents in the more populated Kyle Canyon area are scheduled to be allowed home Wednesday.

More than 1,000 firefighters are still on the job.

The fire is now 27,881 acres. Structure protection will remain for the Harris and Prospect Ranches.

No new injuries are reported and no new structures are threatened by the Carpenter 1 fire 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Six structures have burned since being sparked by lightning July 1.

About 30 Trout and Lovell canyon residents began returning home Sunday.

The U.S. Forest Service has issued an area closure for the Spring Mountain Recreation Area on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

The cost to fight this fire is now more than $15 million.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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