Dean Peak Fire's cost not yet known

Safety improvements sought in area

KINGMAN - Mohave County is still tallying the cost of the Dean Peak Fire last week but expects the final bill to be minimal after the federal government reimburses it, County Administrator Mike Hendrix told the Board of Supervisors Monday.

Hendrix asked the Board of Supervisors for an additional $50,000 from the county's general fund to help pay for the cost of improving wildfire protection for the Pine Lake, Hualapai Mountain Park and Pinion Pine areas in the Hualapai Mountains.

The Board unanimously approved the request.

The improvements could includ:

• Extending fire breaks between Pine Lake and Hualapai Mountain Park;

• Evacuation signs;

• Hydrants to provide a link to the local water supply;

• Water storage tanks and a basin to provide aircraft with water;

• Brush removal on county property;

• And a public information campaign to educate the public on evacuation routes and clearing brush from around their homes.

The Dean Peak Fire was started by a lightning strike on June 29 in the Hualapi Mountains. In nine days, it burned approximately 5,400 acres of brush.

About 200 families were evacuated from the areas of Pine Lake, Hualapai Mountain Park and Pinion Pines during the fire.

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