Displaced Kyle Canyon family prepares to return home - Tucson News Now

Displaced Kyle Canyon family prepares to return home

Guadalupe Howard hugs her son in their Eastside Cannery hotel room July 16, 2013, as they pack for their return to Kyle Canyon. (Lindsay Curtis/FOX5) Guadalupe Howard hugs her son in their Eastside Cannery hotel room July 16, 2013, as they pack for their return to Kyle Canyon. (Lindsay Curtis/FOX5)
Some of the first Carpenter 1 evacuees pass through a checkpoint as they returned home on July 14, 2013. (FOX5) Some of the first Carpenter 1 evacuees pass through a checkpoint as they returned home on July 14, 2013. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Kyle Canyon residents and business owners displaced by the Carpenter 1 Fire in the Mount Charleston area have been given the all-clear to go home starting 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The group of 400 Kyle Canyon residents was the last waiting to return to their neighborhoods, almost two weeks after many were forced to evacuate on July 4.

Evacuees from Trout, Lovell and Lee canyons returned home earlier in the week.

Many evacuees stayed with friends or family. Others, like Guadalupe Howard and her family, stayed at the Eastside Cannery and other local hotels that offered discounts and free rooms to evacuees.

Tuesday evening, one week after checking into the hotel, cabin fever was setting in for Howard, her husband and their 3-year-old son, Jimmy. The family's California vacation was cut short when flames from the wildfire threatened their home and everything inside.

"All his toys are up [in our home], and he can go outside and play. But here, we can't do that and we need to stay inside," said Howard, as her son explored the room. She says it's been hard finding ways to keep the toddler busy, while sharing one suitcase with her family and wondering how the fire affected her neighborhood. She's excited to see for herself Wednesday.

According to Las Vegas Metro police, residents can expect to see ash and smell smoke inside their homes. Besides those changes, police say Kyle Canyon is relatively unchanged.

"There's probably going to be a line of cars. We encourage people to pack their patience. We have to check the ID's and make sure people going up there are actually residents up there," said Metro Public Information Officer Bill Cassell.

Cassell says police officers and volunteers from the American Red Cross will be stationed at hard checkpoints along State Route 157, making sure that the only people to pass are residents, business owners and employees.

Officials say the general public won't be allowed in the area until Friday at the earliest.

Evacuees will also get information packets and essential supplies from volunteers.

Howard, who plans to skip traffic and head home later in the afternoon, says she's most looking forward to breathing cooler mountain air and getting her son back into a normal routine. She and her husband plan to finish their original vacation by catching a show at The Cannery before heading home for good.

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