Reid discusses wildfires on Senate floor

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Smoke from the Mount Charleston wildfires hovers over the Las Vegas valley shortly after sunset Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Las Vegas. The fire, which started by lighting July 1, has consumed nearly 20,000 acres as of Tuesday evening. Firefighters expect to have it contained by July 19. (AP Photo/ Ronda Churchill)
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he'll do everything he can to ensure federal resources are available to fight Nevada wildfires.

The Nevada Democrat discussed the "disasters" at Mount Charleston and in northern Nevada during remarks Wednesday morning on the Senate floor.

He says firefighters were working hard on the 31-square-mile Carpenter One fire in mountains west of Las Vegas, but progress was erased on Tuesday when the flames jumped a road.

The fire has destroyed at least one structure and caused at least one injury. The blaze is 10 percent contained.

Firefighting costs have reached $6.2 million.

Reid also drew attention to other fires burning in Western states, including the Bison Fire that has burned 40 square miles in northern Nevada.

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