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Mt. Charleston evacuees on edge about properties

Sunset shot of the Carpenter 1 fire. (Tara Hanson) Sunset shot of the Carpenter 1 fire. (Tara Hanson)
MT. CHARLESON (FOX5) -

As the Carpenter 1 fire on Mount Charleston grows, evacuees are growing increasingly worried about their properties.

Although informational meetings are being held and the Red Cross is aiding those displaced, some residents of the mountain say they feel in the dark about what's going on.

James Bilbray Elementary in Centennial Hills has been transformed into a resource center for homeowners.

Trace Wolf and her husband are among the Mount Charleston residents forced to evacuate. She said waiting and not knowing are the worst parts.

"We were told we might have a chance to get some things from the house - medicine or personal items. When we got here we were told it was canceled. It was a rollercoaster," she said.

According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, several residents were escorted to their mountain properties on Monday so that they could grab personal belongings. However, that was stopped because of safety concerns. Wolf, who missed that opportunity, is upset.

"We know they are working hard, but it's really frustrating for the residents who are not getting a lot of information in time," she said.

The Red Cross is trying to ease anxiety by providing evacuees with the essentials as well as counseling.

"I think the reality is settling in now and they are looking for someone to talk to and some guidance on other issues involving their immediate future. We are here to help them," said Red Cross volunteer Steve Spint.

"The people that are upset are perhaps people that haven't been prepared or haven't recognized that they are in jeopardy," said evacuee Douglas Martz.

The Red Cross of Southern Nevada is still seeking donations as it aids those displaced by the fire.

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