News Update!!: Kingman, AZ: Latest information regarding the Dean Peak Fire.
** Updated at 10:10pm PT on Saturday, July 6th, 2013: **
Here is the latest information regarding the Dean Peak Fire that is burning near Kingman, Arizona.
On Saturday, firefighters continue to make progress in suppression of the Dean Peak Fire which is now at 65% containment.
Despite very windy conditions, containment lines held and burnout operations were not necessary as previously thought in containing the fire close to the Getz Peak communication site.
On Thursday, firefighters made significant progress yesterday on the Dean Peak Fire which is now at 25% containment.
The wildfire has burned at least 5,400 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 458 firefighters are battling this wildfire including 4 helicopters, 7 hotshot crews, 4 hand crews, 16 fire department engines, and 13 water tenders.
There is no reports of any structures being burned.
On Saturday, the fire behavior was primarily interior smoldering.
Fire department crews have cold trailed most of the fire perimeter and have begun rehabilitating constructed containment lines. Fire spread in all areas of the fire is expected to be minimal.
There is a mandatory evacuation for the Pine Lake and Pinion Pines communities.
Earlier, containment line is complete in Wheeler Wash to the south and west of the fire and the fuel break on the north side of Pine Lake Community is also complete. Fire department crews continue to work in the Arizona communities of Pinion Pines and Pine Lake to ensure there are no hotspots present. As a result of this work, no reentry date has been set for residents. Some resources are being released from the Dean Peak Fire and are moving to other assignments as this fire becomes less active.
The mandatory evacuation order for the Pine Lake and Pinion Pines subdivisions remains in place.
Fire department crews will continue rehabilitation of control lines.
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 was 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 and DW Ranch Road are closed and Wild Cow Campground will remain closed until further notice.
Blake Ranch road is closed except to local residents. The road closure at Mile Post 4.6 on Hualapai Mountain Road has been moved back to the intersection of DW Ranch Road and Hualapai Mountain Road.