Casinos open rooms to US wildfire evacuees

The Las Vegas Strip skyline is seen as smoke continues to billow from the Carpenter 1 fire on Mount Charleston on Monday, July 8, 2013 in Las Vegas. Photo: AP
This Monday, July 8, 2013 photo shows a map of the Carpenter 1 fire TFR, or temporary flight restriction zone, at Centennial High School, the Carpenter 1 fire command center, in Las Vegas. The wildfire, which encompasses thousands of acres, began last Monday. Photo: AP
A Type 2 firefighters from Sequoia National Forest head back to fight the Carpenter 1 Fire after a break at the Rainbow subdivision on Mt. Charleston near Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Photo: AP
A family visiting the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area takes photos as smoke from the Carpenter 1 fire rises over Mount Charleston near Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Photo: AP
Published: 2:32 PM, July 10, 2013
Updated: 8:10 AM, July 11, 2013

LAS VEGAS — 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 north-west of Las Vegas.

Cannery Casino Resorts executive Xavier Walsh said yesterday (July 9) 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 (about 18,000 football fields in size), on Mount Charleston. AP