KINGMAN - The evacuation orders for the communities of Pine Lake, Pinion Pines and Getz Ranch were lifted at 9 a.m. Sunday, and residents will be allowed to return to their homes.
Firefighters have made significant progress in the suppression of the Dean Peak Fire, which is now at 65 percent containment. Despite very windy conditions, containment lines have held and officials have determined that it is safe for residents to return.
Re-entry of Pine Lake, Pinion Pines and Getz Ranch will be limited on Sunday to residents only. Residents are asked to proceed with extreme caution, as firefighters and fire engines are still present in the communities. The speed limit is 15 MPH and drivers are asked to keep their headlights on and watch for firefighters, engines, water tenders and other large pieces of equipment.
To prevent traffic congestion, residents of Pinion Pines are asked to re-enter their community via the DW Ranch Road off of I-40.
An informational Open House will take place at Pine Lake Fire Department Station 62 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, July 7. Residents are invited to stop in and ask questions as well as review maps of the burn area.
Nearly all the fire perimeter has been cold trailed or lined. Fire fighters will continue to check for hotspots as mop-up operations ensue. Constructed dozer control lines are being rehabilitated. Residents should expect to see fire personnel working in the area and are asked to drive with extreme caution at all times.
The fire, located 10 miles southeast of Kingman, started with a lightning strike June 29. It spread over 5,400 acres of steep, rugged terrain, feeding off pinion, juniper and Ponderosa pine.
Nora Speer, who lives near the Hualapai Mountain Lodge, was one of those thankful the evacuation order was lifted.
"I'm very excited to be able to be back in my home," she said. "I'm so thankful to the Pine Lake firefighters and the Mohave County deputy sheriffs who worked in our area to protect our homes."
The Pine Lake firefighters went above and beyond, Speer added. Some of them visited various homes and watered the gardens for their friends and residents who had requested them to do so.
"We have put a lot of effort into our greenhouses and gardens, and it just shows our local firefighters honestly care about us," Speer said.