Update on Flag Fire 1,400 Acres Burned in Hualapai’s Fire Has Burned Mostly “Undergrowth”

Published by The Bee News

April 26, 2021

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Update on Flag Fire

1,400 Acres Burned in Hualapai’s

Fire Has Burned Mostly “Undergrowth”

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MOHAVE COUNTY, AZ (April 26, 2021) The Flag Fire in the Kingman area’s nearby Hualapai Mountains has officially burned over 1,400 acres as of late this afternoon.  It has resulted in the evacuation of the residents of approximately 200 homes in Pine Lake, as well as the closure of the Hualapai Mountain Resort and the Park.  The Flag Fire was first reported Sunday around 2pm. The fire originated between the Flag Mine and Wild Cow Campground in the Hualapai Mountains, approximately 11 miles south/southeast of Kingman.

Hualapai Mountain Rd. is currently CLOSED at MP 10 to everyone except evacuees and first responders. The fire has not progressed much so far today. Winds are moderate and the higher humidity is helping, but chances for some light rainfall appear to be receding.  Air operations are continuing on the fires on the ridges, and hotshot crews and fire units are maintaining watch on the established fire lines around Pine Lake. Air is focusing on protecting the communications sites as well as the fire lines.

Better visibility today has revealed that many trees are still standing, and that the fire burned primarily undergrowth and the pine needle beds in places, which is a positive.

The Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team is taking command of the fire. Many of their resources are local and able to respond quickly to assist the area. The Mohave County Sheriff’s office is conducting evacuations of Hualapai Mountain Park, the Lodge, and the Pine Lake Community.

Atherton Acres and Pinion Pine communities are currently on SET status for evacuations. Evacuation Orders are Imminent for this area, if you are in that area, start preparing for evacuations. The Red Cross has a shelter in place at Palo Christi Elementary, 500 Maple St. in Kingman.

Although it’s deeply appreciated, donations of any kind are not being accepted at this time. This is partially due to the COVID-19 protocols and also because the firefighters have everything needed to support operations. Donations can be made to the Cornerstone Mission in Kingman, the local food bank, or cash donations to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

Fire Danger is high. Use caution when recreating or working outdoors. Check for fire restrictions or information on fire activity around Arizona at: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/

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

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