Big Sandy Fire

Published by The Bee News

July 18, 2022

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The Big Sandy Fire started Saturday night, July 16, within the Big Sandy Wash, south/southeast of the community of Wikieup in Mohave County. The wind-driven fire was showing active and erratic fire behavior, producing multiple spot fires, and torching within cottonwoods and salt cedar. The fire burned actively throughout the night even with the precipitation it received early Sunday morning. Overnight, crews had to disengage with fire suppression efforts due to those thunderstorms and cloud to ground lightning. Crews have since reengaged and are working to create line around the fire. On Sunday, additional resources arrived, including dozers, two hand crews and engines. Due to the dense vegetation, dozers will be used to assist ground crews with building line around the fire which has reached the southern edge of Wikieup. The fire is threatening multiple structures and 20 people were evacuated Saturday night. The fire is burning on the east side of US 93 and at this time there is are no impacts to the road. As with all incidents, road conditions may change and drivers should check their routes before heading out and call the Arizona Department of Transportation’s road hotline at 511 or check the ADOT Twitter page.

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