Crews burn brush near homes in Vegas-area wildfire

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fire crews are burning away undergrowth within a quarter-mile of homes to protect woodsy hamlets in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas from a wildfire that has charred an area nearly the size of Manhattan.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Jay Nichols says no homes have been damaged and none of the 800 firefighters has been injured battling the 31-square-mile Carpenter 1 fire on Mount Charleston.

Smoke billowing from the lightning-sparked blaze is visible for an eighth day from downtown Las Vegas.

Nichols said one flank of the fire reached state Highway 157, Kyle Canyon Road, at mile marker 6. No homes or structures are nearby.

More than 500 residents and another 98 teenagers at a youth correctional camp remain evacuated since the weekend. Roads into the area remain closed.

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