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EMERGENCY DECLARATION ON HUALAPAI MOUNTAIN PARK

Written by The Bee News

August 20, 2020

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County Emergency Order

Hualapai Mountain Park Closed

Effective Sunrise Tomorrow

Update on Hualapai Ridge Fire

KINGMAN, AZ (August 20, 2020) – Today, Board of Supervisors Chairman Jean Bishop signed a Declaration of Fire Emergency in Mohave County due to the continuing high fire threat and the Ridge Fire currently burning on BLM property in the Hualapai Mountains. The declaration confirms that: Mohave County Hualapai Mountain Park will be closed to new visitors effective at sunrise, August 21, 2020, for the duration of the fire emergency or until the potential threat to the Park is declared over. RV campers currently in the Park will be allowed to stay for the time being, but have been informed to be prepared for an immediate evacuation if it becomes necessary.

The closure of the Park does not affect Pine Lake residents. The Ridge Fire is approximately 5 miles from the Pine Lake community and does not pose an immediate danger to residents. However, it is standard procedure to take safety precautions well in advance of the development of a potential wildfire threat such as in this case. The Park closure is a prudent precaution to limit the number of persons in the Pine Lake area, particularly hikers in the Park, that would need to be located, notified and evacuated. It is also important to limit the current area traffic volume to avoid interference with fire resource movements.

Pine Lake residents have been advised via door to door contacts by Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Posse members to be prepared to evacuate should this become necessary. Procedures are in place to provide evacuation notifications as soon as a threat develops.

The Declaration will also expedite the use of Mohave County resources in support of Ridge Fire operations should such resources be needed.

The Ridge Fire located in the Hualapai Mountains, southeast of Kingman began on the afternoon of August 16 as the result of a lightning strike from area thunderstorms. The community of Pine Lake is approximately 5 miles north of the fire. The fire is currently not threatening any homes or structures.

Winds from area storms increased fire activity late yesterday afternoon pushing the fire to over 2,000 acres. It remained active overnight with movement north, east, and west. Continued growth toward the north and east is expected to take place, as firefighters continue to remove vegetation adjacent to roads, trails and natural features identified as potential containment features.

Firefighters are using various techniques to remove vegetation including cutting, mastication, and burnout operations to remove available fuel ahead of the main fire. Aviation resources including air tankers and helicopters continue to support the efforts of firefighters on the ground.

Due to increased incident complexity, predicted hot and dry weather, and proximity of the fire to communities and critical communications infrastructure a Type 2 incident management team [Southwest Area Type 2 – Team 3 (Gesser)] has been ordered. That team is scheduled to transition with the Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team tomorrow (Friday) with a full transfer of management Saturday morning.

There are no immediate threats to area ranches or communities from the Ridge Fire.

Mohave County residents are encouraged to learn more about Arizona’s Ready-Set-Go program and sign up for Mohave County Emergency Notifications by visiting: https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

Closures: There are several road and trail closures in the fire area, affecting the Moss Wash OHV Trail, Blake Ranch Road and the Ridge Road, among others. Details of the road closures and maps can be found on Inciweb. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6990/ 

 Smoke: Smoke will continue to be visible through the day and into the evening as it settles into the surrounding low-lying areas. Smoke sensitive individuals are encouraged to stay indoors to reduce their exposure.

Fire Danger is high. Fire Restrictions are in effect. The Bureau of Land Management, Arizona State Trust Lands and unincorporated Mohave County lands in this area are under Fire Restrictions. Use caution when recreating or working outdoors. Check for fire restrictions or information on fire activity around Arizona at: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/

Information on the RIDGE FIRE will continue to be updated at:

 

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