KINGMAN - Firefighters continue to make gains on the Dean Peak Fire southeast of Kingman. According to the Bureau of Land Management, the fire was 37 percent contained as of Saturday morning, with the area damaged by the blaze stagnant at 5,300 acres.
The "less active" fire, which started a week ago Saturday with a lightning strike, is allowing some resources to be released and moved to other assignments. As of Saturday morning, the BLM listed the resources as 473 personnel including seven hotshot crews and four hand crews, four helicopters, 16 engines and 13 water tenders.
Despite very windy conditions Friday, containment lines held and burnout operations were not necessary as previously thought in containing the fire close to the Getz Peak communication site, the BLM reported.
The containment line is complete in Wheeler Wash to the south and west of the fire and the fuel break on the north side of Pine Lake Community is also complete. Crews continue to work in the communities of Pinion Pines and Pine Lake to ensure there are no hotspots present. As a result of this work, no reentry date has been set for residents.
Per the BLM, the mandatory evacuation order for the Pine Lake and Pinion Pines subdivisions remain in place. Old Highway 93 and DW Ranch Road are closed and Wild Cow Campground will remain closed until further notice. Blake Ranch road is closed except to local residents. The road closure at M.P. 4.6 on Hualapai Mountain Road has been moved back to the intersection of DW Ranch Road and Hualapai Mountain Road.