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Casinos open rooms to Vegas-area wildfire evacuees

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    Smoke pouring from the fires in the Mount Charleston area west of Las Vegas created a fiery sunset on Monday July 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Norm Clarke)
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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 northwest of Las Vegas.

Cannery Casino Resorts executive Xavier Walsh said today 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.

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