Hualapai Park Remains Closed for Additional Containment & Mop-Up of the Flag Fire

Published by The Bee News

May 2, 2021

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Flag Fire Update

Hualapai Park Remains Closed for

Additional Containment & Mop-Up

Further Details Below

MOHAVE COUNTY, AZ — The evacuation orders previously issued for the Pine Lake community were officially lifted Friday morning at 10am It was for PINE LAKE RESIDENTS ONLY.   The Hualapai Mountain Park remains closed to visitors. Friday’s Pine Lake repopulation went smoothly with no major issues. Some smoke picked up within the fire perimeter but slacked off late in the afternoon. Remapping reduced the number of acres to 1,265. Containment is officially at 62% as of late Friday afternoon. The remaining uncontained section of the perimeter is on the west side of the fire and is looking very good with strong fire lines. Total cost to date is $2.5 million, and personnel numbers on the fire have been reduced to 285.

Saturday had a Red Flag warning from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with SW winds at 20 mph gusting to 30 mph and very dry conditions and low humidity. This may kick up some flames and smoke from unburned islands, but movement of the perimeter is not expected. An initial attack team will be available to rapidly respond to any slop overs or new ignitions. Many of the resources will be demobilizing in anticipation of local BLM fire resources taking over mop up and patrol activities on Sunday.

The Park will remain closed pending additional containment and mop up, and a road block at MP 10 on Hualapai Mountain Road will be maintained to prevent non-residents of Pine Lake from entering. MCSO deputies will be patrolling the area and working with BLM law enforcement and County Park rangers to watch for off roaders attempting to enter the fire area.

A reminder: All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s) are fun to drive and take the user off-road along trails. As such, the vehicle is often in contact with vegetation. Here are some tips to prevent fire starts:  The heat from the exhaust systems of ATVs can sometimes cause wildfires, especially when idling near tall grass. ATVs with their spark arrestors removed can release sparks that start wildfires. Ensure your ATV has a spark arrestor inside the muffler to trap any escaping sparks.  Make sure to carry fire suppression equipment, such as a fire extinguisher or a pail and shovel, to extinguish any fires that might occur.

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