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Kingman wildfire costs still being tallied

KINGMAN - Mohave County is still crunching the number on the Dean Peak Fire.

The county has identified at least $54,000 in expenses from the fire so far, said Gene Hepler, the director of the county's Office of Management and Budget.

"That number could grow. We're still going through time cards and other budgets," he said. "There's another $15,000 that we're seeking clarity on."

Once the county has all of the information, it will be submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. However, the county may have to wait for more than a year before it sees a reimbursement check, Hepler said.

"It's not an easy process," he said. "We're still waiting for a backfill check for the Wallow Fire."

A backfill check pays for the overtime the county has to pay deputies who filled in for other deputies who were sent to the Wallow Fire to help provide security.

In 2011, the Wallow Fire burned more than 538,000 acres and cost more than $79 million to fight. Two cousins who failed to completely put out their campfire were the cause.

The Dean Peak Fire was started by lightning on June 29. It burned around 5,400 acres. Officials declared the fire 100 percent contained on July 18.


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