News Update!!: Kingman, AZ: Latest information regarding the Dean Peak Fire.
** Updated at 7:30am PT on Friday, July 5th, 2013: **
Here is the latest information regarding the Dean Peak Fire that is burning near Kingman, Arizona.
On Thursday, firefighters made significant progress yesterday on the Dean Peak Fire which is now at 25% containment.
The wildfire has burned at least 5,200 acres according to the Kingman Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management in Kingman, Arizona.
The wildfire was caused by lightning.
The wildfire has burned at least 7 square miles in the Hualapai Mountains about 10 miles southeast of Kingman, Arizona.
Over 461 firefighters are battling this wildfire including 3 helicopters, 6 hotshot crews, 3 hand crews, 16 fire department engines, and 10 water tenders.
There is no reports of any structures being burned.
On Thursday, the fire backed downslope on the northwest side of Dean Peak, with single and group tree torching observed. Fire activity was minimal on other portions of the fire, with some backing of the fire occurring.
Line prep work continued along Wheeler Wash to the south of the fire, and up Soap Canyon from Yellow Pine Ranch into the fire retardant line. Hand line construction continued from Pine Lakes to the fire retardant line. There is a mandatory evacuation for the Pine Lake and Pinion Pines communities.
Today, fire department crews will continue preparation work in and around Wheeler Wash to the south of the fire. Hand line will be constructed up Soap Canyon from Yellow Pine Ranch to the fire retardant line. Crews will continue to reinforce the fire retardant line on the northwest side of Dean Peak, and connect the hand line from Pine Lakes to the fire retardant line. A burnout operation will take place around the Getz Peak communication site.
The evacuated communities of Pinion Pines and Pine Lake remain safe.
There are no new closures or evacuations.
The mandatory evacuation order for the Pine Lake and Pinion Pines subdivisions remain in place and Wild Cow Campground will remain closed until further notice.
The American Red Cross responded to the expanded evacuation by reopening a evacuation shelter at the Kingman High School located at 4182 Bank Street in Kingman, Arizona.
A reception center has been also set up at Kingman High School.
Arizona is receiving federal funding to help battle the Dean Peak Fire in Mohave County.
Federal Emergency Management Agency announced on Wednesday that funding will be available to reimburse 75 percent of the firefighting costs.
The Mohave County Emergency Management is reminding the public that outdoor fires and fireworks are prohibited in unincorporated areas of Mohave County, Arizona above 2,000 feet, which includes the Arizona’s communities of Kingman, Golden Valley, Dolan Springs, Meadview, Chloride, Oatman, Pine Lake, Pinion Pine, Beaver Dam/Littlefield, and Colorado City.
A Mohave County Officials is warning the public that the fire danger throughout the county remains extremely high.
**** Traffic Alert!!: The following roads are closed due to the wildfire: ****
Old Highway 93 is closed and Hualapai Mountain Road is closed to Pine Lake.
DW Ranch Road and Blake Ranch Road are also closed except for local residents. Hualapai Mtn.
County Park and Wild Cow Campground will be closed until further notice.