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Titus, Heller pledge aid to Mt. Charleston fire victims

Sen. Dean Heller speaks to the media at Centennial High School following his tour of Mount Charleston on Friday. (Les Krifaton/FOX5) Sen. Dean Heller speaks to the media at Centennial High School following his tour of Mount Charleston on Friday. (Les Krifaton/FOX5)
MT. CHARLESON (FOX5) -

As conditions on Mount Charleston improve, there is hope those evacuated due to the Carpenter 1 fire could return to their homes by this weekend.

On Friday, some of Nevada's most prominent politicians toured the fire-ravaged mountain, meeting with firefighters and answering questions.

Both Rep. Dina Titus and Sen. Dean Heller promised federal aid to those who live on the mountain.

"An opportunity to witness and see firsthand what's going on, it's always humbling," Heller said.

"So far, none of the homes have burned, and so that's quite an accomplishment," Titus said.

Heller and Titus are meeting with federal fire officials. Meanwhile, there is much less smoke coming from the mountain, and hope for full containment by next week remains.

"Today was wet, rainy and flooding, so the firefighters had a few difference challenges in their day," said incident commander Rich Harvey.

Still, the fire is not out, and much work remains.

"Forty-three percent containment leaves a whole lot of fire line out there, that when it dries out, embers, spots can go back right into the same situation that causes such a problem," said Harvey.

Heller on Friday morning got a look at the damage Carpenter 1 has caused. He assured Nevadans Washington hasn't overlooked them.

"The federal government was able to provide for these firefighters, for the local government, the help that was needed," he said.

Titus spent Friday afternoon meeting with firefighters stationed at Centennial High School.

"I'm just here to say, is there anything my office can do? Do we need to do anything at the federal level to assist you?" Titus asked.

Heller and Titus said Gov. Sandoval has put in requests for FEMA funding for those who lost cabins and other structures at Prospect Springs Ranch. Both pledged to get that money through to them.

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