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'Flag Fire' remains 0% contained after prompting evacuations near Kingman

Flag Fire burning near Kingman
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Flag Fire near Kingman
Posted at 4:09 PM, Apr 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-28 12:07:06-04

MOHAVE COUNTY, AZ — Mohave County officials say the "Flag Fire" near Kingman remains zero percent contained after prompting the evacuation of over 200 homes in Pine Lake area.

The fire was reported Sunday around 2 p.m. Crews say it originated between the Flag Mine and Wild Cow Campground in the Hualapai Mountains, south of Kingman.

Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson issued the emergency declaration that activated the county's emergency response and recovery plan until further notice.

“Hualapai Mountain Park will be closed to new visitors…during the existence of said emergency or until the threat in the park is declared over," Johnson said in the declaration.

Officials added the Atherton Acres and Pinion Pine communities are currently on set status for evacuations.

Authorities added that no donations or volunteers are currently needed due to the fire.

Mohave County officials said the fire has burned approximately 1,400 acres as of Wednesday. Officials say it is zero percent contained but there has not been significant growth and only one shed/outbuilding has burned.

Light rain in the area has lessened conditions in the area, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

Fire officials say that although rain and snow fell over the entire fire area, dry and hot conditions are expected to return.

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The fire also caused the closure of the Hualapai Mountain Resort and the Park.

The Mohave County Sheriff's office says several air attack drops have taken place so far despite the heavy smoke in the area.

ADOT video shows billowing smoke near Interstate 40. Officials say the smoke does not appear to be affecting the freeway at this time.

Mohave County Sheriff's Office officials say Hualapai Mountain Road is currently closed at MP 10 to everyone except evacuees and first responders.

The Red Cross has set up an evacuation center for evacuees at Palo Christi Elementary School at 500 Maple Street.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.