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7/3/2013 6:00:00 AM
Army of firefighters at Kingman blaze grows
Dean Peak Fire spreads to over 2,000 acres
A Monday night look at the expanding Dean Peak Fire in the Hualapai Mountains. Kingman is in the foreground. The picture was taken at the intersection of Bull Mountain Road and Stockton Hill Road.JOHN BRANSKY/Courtesy
A Monday night look at the expanding Dean Peak Fire in the Hualapai Mountains. Kingman is in the foreground. The picture was taken at the intersection of Bull Mountain Road and Stockton Hill Road.
JOHN BRANSKY/Courtesy
JC AMBERLYN/MinerTop: The BLM’s Brian Puckett, who is training to be a medical unit officer (left), and Dan Leary, a medical unit officer with the USFS in Flagstaff, work with medical supplies Tuesday at Lee Williams High School. LWHS is set up as a staging ground for firefighters battling the Dean Peak Fire.
Above: American Red Cross volunteer Ray Pitts hands water to Billy and Rebekah Chmiel, 8 and 10, Tuesday at the cooling station at Kingman High School. The youth and their mother live on Blake Ranch Road and were there to obtain information about the fire. The Red Cross has set up a shelter at the high school and is ready to provide emergency overnight housing for fire evacuees. Currently, it is a cooling station, which provides information, water and snacks for residents from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Keyes said that people have been coming in for information and to provide donations, but no residents have come to stay overnight yet. Residents he has talked to have said that they were prepared for something like this and have alternate plans in place. The Red Cross is set up to provide housing for about 200 people and can obtain resources for more if needed. Keyes said that the Humane Society has kennels on location and a few people have dropped off pets while they get situated. For more information or to donate to the Red Cross’ relief efforts, he recommended visiting their website at redcross.org or call 1-800-Red-Cross.
JC AMBERLYN/Miner

Top: The BLM’s Brian Puckett, who is training to be a medical unit officer (left), and Dan Leary, a medical unit officer with the USFS in Flagstaff, work with medical supplies Tuesday at Lee Williams High School. LWHS is set up as a staging ground for firefighters battling the Dean Peak Fire.

Above: American Red Cross volunteer Ray Pitts hands water to Billy and Rebekah Chmiel, 8 and 10, Tuesday at the cooling station at Kingman High School. The youth and their mother live on Blake Ranch Road and were there to obtain information about the fire. The Red Cross has set up a shelter at the high school and is ready to provide emergency overnight housing for fire evacuees. Currently, it is a cooling station, which provides information, water and snacks for residents from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Keyes said that people have been coming in for information and to provide donations, but no residents have come to stay overnight yet. Residents he has talked to have said that they were prepared for something like this and have alternate plans in place. The Red Cross is set up to provide housing for about 200 people and can obtain resources for more if needed. Keyes said that the Humane Society has kennels on location and a few people have dropped off pets while they get situated. For more information or to donate to the Red Cross’ relief efforts, he recommended visiting their website at redcross.org or call 1-800-Red-Cross.
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The Dean Peak Fire in the Hualapai Mountains has nearly tripled in size to about 2,350 acres, according to the Bureau of Land Management office in Kingman. There was no containment as of Tuesday afternoon.

"This fire is different from past fires. It is highly visible from the town of Kingman," said Incident Commander Matt Reidy in an email. "This is not a typical desert fire and should be visible for some time."

More than 175 firefighters are on the scene, along with engines and two water tenders, two helicopters and two hotshot crews. More firefighters are on the way.

Additionally, two strike teams of state-sponsored engines have been ordered to provide protection to Pinion Lake and Pine Lake subdivisions.

The BLM is using a full suppression strategy to battle the blaze, which is burning in steep, rugged terrain that has few natural barriers to stop it from spreading, according to the BLM.

Lightning ignited the wildfire at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday about 10 miles southeast of Kingman and is burning pinyon, juniper and Ponderosa pine.

Residents of Pine Lake were successfully evacuated Monday as the fire crossed Dean Peak and was backing toward the community. Mohave County deputies went door-to-door Monday in the Pinion Pine and Blake Ranch Road areas, providing residents with pre-evacuation information. No evacuations have been ordered in those areas at this time. Gary Watson, chairman of the Mohave County Board of Supervisors, said a formal fire emergency declaration was issued Monday evening.

"This informs the community of imminent fire danger and will allow us to obtain additional resources," he said.

Roads closed to Pine Lake include Old Highway 93 and Hualapai Mountain Road. DW Ranch and Blake Ranch roads are closed except to local residents who have identification. Wild Cow Campground is closed until further notice.

A Red Cross evacuation reception center has been established at Kingman High School at 4182 Bank Street. Domestic pets can be brought to the school. Livestock can be brought to the Mohave County Fairgrounds on Fairgrounds Avenue.

The Red Cross has a website, Safe and Well, that will allow people affected by the fire to let loved ones know they are OK. They can sign up at KHS or log on themselves if they have access to a computer. Friends and relatives also can log on.

The link is https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

For more information on the Dean Peak Fire, log on to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/invident/3463/, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DeanPeakFire or on Twitter by following @DeanPeakFire.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Article comment by: Bill Blair

The Dean Peak fire reminds me of another fire in the Hualapais in the early 1950s. You could see that one burning from town also.

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Article comment by: Al DiCicco

In regards to the Arizona Fires: It it imperative that the amount of Aluminum in rain and soil be measured. Fires this hot are no accident. The Geoengineering projects for many years, over Arizona and many other areas have produced results of very high Aluminum which is a desiccant and fire accelerant. My rain testing from basic labs shows Aluminum in the rain was 321 ug/L in Mohave County. Watch this: youtube.com/watch?v=xffSrezeo-k

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Article comment by: Sandy Stricklett

We were camping at Wild Cow over Mother's Day and it was so wonderful to have the elk wondering all around us......my heart breaks at the thought of losing any wildlife. Having lived in Kingman some years ago, I HATE to see the haven that the Hualapai's are, destroyed in any way. The residents of the mountain and in the city of Kingman will lose alot by losing this wonderful forest no matter what the acreage. My prayers go out to all, especially the fire fighters!



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