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Ridge Fire Containment Now at 52%

Written by The Bee News

August 24, 2020

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Ridge Fire August 24, 2020
Size: 3,079 acres
Containment: 52%
Cause: Lightning
Location: Hualapai Mountains, 5 miles south of Pine Lake
Total Personnel: Approximately 288
Incident Commander: Dave Gesser

Outflow Winds Makes Afternoon Appearance Over the Ridge Fire

Assigned crews working the Ridge Fire Sunday continued to suppress hot spots around the fire perimeter until a thunderstorm appeared about 4 p.m. With area lightning, hail, and strong winds, crews were pulled off the fire for safety. Although moisture remained north of the fire perimeter, lines were tested by outflow winds from the passing thunderstorm, but containment lines held.

Today crews will resume patrolling for hotspots and mopping up the perimeter of the fire. Structure protection operations and planning will also continue in the Pine Lake community and adjacent areas. A road grader has been ordered and will begin work to improve area roads impacted by recent fire traffic.

While we are deeply moved by local offers of supplies, we are unable to accept donations. This is partially due to our COVID-19 protocols and our firefighters have everything needed to support operations.

Closures: A fire area closure remains in effect for the fire and adjacent area. Area campgrounds, OHV trails, some roads, and access to the Wabayama Peak Wilderness Area are all affected by the closure order. Please consult the following website for additional information and maps if you have plans to visit. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6990/

Evacuations: Pine Lake residents remain in READY status. There are no immediate threats to area ranches or communities from this fire, but wildfires are unpredictable, and conditions can change quickly. All Mohave County residents are encouraged to learn about Arizona’s Ready-Set-Go program and sign up for Mohave County emergency notifications by visiting: https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

Smoke: Fires in California are producing substantial smoke over the western United States. Those who are sensitive to smoke should avoid outdoor activities.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect around the entire fire area. Remember, temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones). If you fly, we can’t!

For further information, please visit the following links:
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6990/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BLMArizona/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BLMAZFire

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