Illegal campfire flares up on Mount Charleston

On the heels of the 28,000-acre Carpenter 1 wildfire, an illegal campfire flared up on a Mount Charleston hiking trail Monday.

Fire crews on foot and a water helicopter took about three hours to contain the flames a half a mile up the Mary Jane Falls trail, the U.S. Forest Service said.

The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area remained under Stage 1 fire restrictions, which allow open campfires and charcoal grills only in developed picnic areas and campsites.

The still-smoldering Carpenter 1 Fire was expected to be fully contained Sunday , assuming there are no flare-ups or additional illegal fires, officials said.

The lightning-sparked fire, one of the largest in Southern Nevada history, prompted mandatory evacuations on Mount Charleston and required more than 1,300 firefighters.

Contact report Annalise Porter at or 702-383-0264.