Casinos open rooms to Vegas-area wildfire evacuees

KEN RITTER
July 9, 2013
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 08: Smoke from the Carpenter 1 fire in the Spring Mountains range is illuminated by the setting sun as it billows behind the Stratosphere Casino Hotel (R) on July 8, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. More than 15,000 acres have burned since lightning sparked the blaze in Carpenter Canyon on the Pahrump, Nevada side of Mount Charleston on July 1. More than 750 firefighters are battling the wildfire which crested the peak of Mount Charleston on Thursday, prompting the evacuation of 520 people as it began descending the east side of the mountain, about 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The fire is 15% contained and fire officials estimate that they won't have it fully contained until July 19. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Several local casino companies are teaming with the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada to provide hotel rooms to people evacuated from their homes due to a wildfire in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas.

Cannery Casino Resorts executive Xavier Walsh said Tuesday that his company is making 40 rooms available to displaced families.

The wildfire was sparked by lightning eight days ago on Mount Charleston and is burning near homes in Kyle Canyon.

Red Cross spokesman Lloyd Ziel says people who need shelter should contact volunteers at shelters at Hafen Elementary School in Pahrump or Bilbray Elementary School in Las Vegas.

Officials say no homes have been damaged and none of about 800 firefighters has been injured battling the 31-square-mile Carpenter 1 fire on Mount Charleston.