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Flash floods, lightning present danger on Mount Charleston

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One year later, the devastation the Carpenter 1 fire left on Mount Charleston remains. That fire was ignited by dry lighting, and as monsoon season rolls through the Valley, flash floods and dry lighting presents a hazard.

"We really want to see a thunderstorm, and we got one on the way up, but we sat for a couple hours and didn't manage that," said Gary Babe, who visits Mount Charleston once a month.

Gary and his dog Waldeaux may have only felt a few sprinkles on their outing at Mount Charleston, but flash flood warnings are in full effect.

"The conditions are actually drier this summer at the moment than they were last summer," said Ray Johnson with the U.S. Forest Service.

On July 1, 2013, a series of dry lightning strikes started the Carpenter 1 fire. The blaze burned more than 43 square miles. The Nevada Division of Forestry is making sure that doesn't happen again.

"The Forest Service is in full suppression this year," said Damien Gusmerotti of the Mount Charleston Fire Department and the Nevada Division of Forestry. "So the stance they're taking is any fire will be suppressed as where in the previous years, if it was in the wilderness, they might let it burn for a while."

The dry land is raising concerns for firefighters on Mount Charleston. The area has already seen a quarter-inch of rain since Saturday morning.

"We're worried about the burnt area receiving too much rain too quickly and not being able to absorb the moisture and turning into flash floods," he said.

Trails near this area have been closed because flash floods continue to bring down tree limbs, rocks and all kinds of debris. However, there are still other parts of the mountain where guests can picnic, hike and safely enjoy.

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