Residents Displaced by Wildfire Long to Return Home

LAS VEGAS -- It's day five for many of the residents who left their homes in Kyle Canyon to escape the Carpenter One wildfire. The stress is growing, and no one knows when they will be allowed back home.

It's been a long wait for the displaced families. They are separated from their homes and belongings. Most families didn't have time to grab much and are now relying on the Red Cross for help.

While smoke continues to billow from Mount Charleston, Allison Sosa thinks of her home that's now caught in a middle of fire fight.

"We saw the smoke coming over and the ash starting to settle," Sosa said.

Her family knew it was time to leave their home when the neighbors called to say they could see flames on the ridge. That was on July 4. Since then, Sosa has moved two times, along with her husband and 2-year-old son.

In between bouncing between homes, her husband is still working and the four pets are now scattered at the homes of relatives.

Early Monday morning, Sosa packed up her belongings and was on the move again. This time, she went to the Red Cross temporary shelter set up at James Bilbray Elementary School. She is greeted by members of her close knit community when she arrives at the school.

"We give them immediate help. We have toys for the kids. We have what we call comfort kits," said Stephen Sprint with American Red Cross.

Sosa hopes it won't be too much longer before she is back enjoying life in her mountain home.

 


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