BLM: Dean Peak Fire southeast of Kingman is 'less active'

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.

As of Saturday morning, no structures had been damaged by the fire.

The "less active" fire, which started a week ago Saturday afternoon 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 hot spots 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.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, about 35 large wildfires are burning across the West, four of them in Arizona.

There are eight fires in Nevada, including two in the Spring Mountains west of Las Vegas. Alaska has been hit the hardest with 11 wildfires. Other states include California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Idaho.

Fires in Arizona, New Mexico and Alaska continue to be the top priority for firefighters.

More than 500,000 acres have burned in these fires. Since January, 1,169 wildfires have been contained.

The 10-year average number of large fires per year - January through July 5 - is a staggering 39,180, burning 2.6 million acres.

2006 was the worst year, when more than 59,000 fires burned nearly 4 million acres.

The good news is that 2013 has witnessed the fewest number of large fires, 22,939, which have burned nearly 1.8 million acres, through Friday.

In addition to the Dean Peak Fire, the tragic Yarnell Hill Fire is burning west of the mountain town of Yarnell, about 30 miles outside of Prescott. More than 8,300 acres have burned and it is 80 percent contained.

On June 30, 19 members of the 20-member Granite Mountain Hotshots based in Prescott were killed fighting the blaze.

The Beaver Fire has burned about 5,300 acres 58 miles northwest of Peach Springs. It is 95 percent contained.

The Doce Fire is burning in the Prescott National Forest about 8 miles northwest of Prescott. More than 6,700 acres have been charred and the fire is 96 percent contained.

The Silver Fire in New Mexico's Gila National Forest has been the largest to date this year, burning nearly 139,000 acres. The Silver Fire was 78 percent contained as of Friday.

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