LAS VEGAS (AP) - More evacuees will be allowed to return to their mountain homes near Las Vegas as firefighters continue progress against a massive wildfire.
Fire officials say the Carpenter 1 fire on Mount Charleston, 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas, was 70 percent contained on Sunday evening.
It has burned about 44 square miles since being sparked by lightning on July 1.
A spokesman for Clark County says some 50 residents of Lee Canyon on Mount Charleston are cleared to return home on Monday morning, 11 days after they fled the blaze.
About 30 residents of Trout and Lovell canyons began returning home on Sunday.
It's still unknown when about 300 residents of Kyle Canyon will be allowed to return home.
Meanwhile, in Wyoming, cooler temperatures and higher humidity have helped firefighters gain the upper hand on a wildfire burning in a remote area southeast of Casper. The 211-acre fire is 50 percent contained.
And parts of New Mexico that have been blackened by wildfires are in danger of flooding. The National Weather Service says thunderstorms could dump heavy rain in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and northeast highlands before moving into western New Mexico late Monday.