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Ridge Fire burns in the Hualapai Mountains south of Kingman

Written by The Bee News

August 18, 2020

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Kingman, Ariz. –The Ridge Fire started Sunday August 16 in the Hualapai Mountains south of
Kingman, approximately 5 miles south of the community of Pine Lake, as the result of passing thunderstorms. Rain from those storms was not widespread with many areas not receiving moisture. Dry and plentiful chapparal and grass is fueling the Ridge Fire which
has been observed making short uphill runs and occasional single tree torching during the heat of the day. Firefighters are also experiencing strong and gusty outflow winds from surrounding thunderstorms which increases the fire behavior, in addition to working
during excessive heat warnings.

The Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team was called in to assist with the management of the fire and was transitioned to the team early this morning. Firefighters will continue to work supported by aircraft as needed to attain containment. They will be using roads, trails, and natural features such as rock outcroppings and other areas with light vegetation as containment features in this steep, rough, and rugged terrain.

While there are no anticipated direct impacts to area ranches or communities from the Ridge Fire, Arizona does experience wildfires year-round.
Learn more about Arizona’s Ready-Set-Go program and sign up for Mohave County Emergency Notifications:

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 and the Ridge Road, among others.
The details of the road closures and a map can be found on Inciweb.  The description has also been attached in this email. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6990/ 

Smoke: Smoke will be visible from Hualapai mountain communities especially during the heat of the day.

Fire Danger is high. Fire Restrictions in effect. The Bureau of Land Management, State 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/

Ridge Fire Information can be found on:

 

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