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Morning Update on Flag Fire - April 29, 2021

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April 29, 2021

From: County of Mohave

Containment 13%

Total Acreage Burned is 1,279

$1.4 Million in Cost So Far

Mohave County, AZ - Things haven’t officially changed much since last night’s report on the Flag Fire in the Kingman area’s nearby Hualapai Mountains. The area was remapped by the Incident Management Team (IMT) and the fire burn area has been reduced with the total acreage today being a total of 1,279 acres.

Fire crews, aided by yesterday’s precipitation and additional resources, were able to secure portions of the eastern fire line and continue to make progress in the rougher terrain to the north and west perimeters. Crews working directly on the fire perimeter have been cold trailing and extinguishing hot spots. They are also removing hazard trees, increasing fire lines and creating barriers down slope to stop potential roll out of burning materials. These actions will continue through tomorrow.

The recent weather front that provided Tuesday’s moisture is moving out of Arizona and will be replaced by building high pressure, low humidity, and higher temperatures as progress toward the weekend and early next week. To prepare for a forecast of increased fire weather conditions, fire managers are intent on securing this fire’s perimeter. Most critical is tomorrow(Saturday), which will be warmer, have gusty winds, and will be dryer.  Some cloud cover is expected to improve conditions.

Fire managers and the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office are closely coordinating to assess when it will be safe for evacuated residents to return to their homes. A press release will be issued just before that occurs. vy truck traffic, bulldozers, and other equipment along access roads continue, making access roads difficult and hazardous. For those reasons, and continued uncertainty with fire activity, the current evacuations remain in effect.

The fire has consumed Ponderosa Pine at higher elevations, brush and grass.  There are 327 personnel currently assigned to the blaze.  At this time, 13% containment is reported.  Total cost so far is estimated at about $1.4 million.

Ground crews worked the fire perimeter putting out hot spots and clearing and reinforcing the containment lines. The 13% containment sector extended from the northeast corner of the fire southward along the eastern side of the Park to the northern edge of Pine Lake. The sector southwards from there to the southern end of the community received significant work and is well on the way to being considered contained.

The Flag Fire 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. The fire originated between the Flag Mine and Wild Cow Campground in the Hualapai Mountains, approximately 11 miles south/southeast of Kingman, Arizona.

There are no injuries reported and structure-wise, only one out building/shed has been reported as burned. A transition of incident command occurred at 6:00 a.m. this morning from the Arizona Central West Type 3 Incident Management Team to Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team 1.

The area is a No Drone Zone:  A temporary flight restriction is in place over the Flag Fire. Flying a hobbyist drone over a fire puts everyone at risk and hinders firefighting suppression efforts. If you fly, we must ground all aircraft, including the large air tankers due to the dangerous conditions drones pose in unauthorized airspace. Always follow FAA rules when flying your aircraft. If caught, your drone could be confiscated by law enforcement and you could face hefty fines.

There have been numerous offers of donations of food, bottled water, cookies, and other items from the Kingman community. Despite the good intentions, authorities are unable to accept donations. This is partially due to our COVID-19 protocols and our firefighters have everything needed to support operations. Please donate to the Cornerstone Mission in Kingman, the local food bank, or make 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