Jul 3, 2013 11:48 AM by Brian White
KINGMAN - The subdivision of Pinion Pines was evacuated Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. due to increased fire activity.
Around 9 p.m. last night, a shift in wind direction resulting from building thunderstorm cells caused the Dean Peak Fire to increase in activity in the direction of Pinion Pines.
Fire crews including Pinion Pine Fire Department conducted a burnout operation from Old Highway 93 along the DW Ranch Road toward Pinion Pines.
Approximately 200 homes have been evacuated and the Mohave County Sheriff's Office has secured the area. An evacuation reception center is located at the Kingman High School at 4182 N. Bank Street in Kingman. The mandatory evacuation order for the residents of Pine Lake remains in effect.
A public meeting will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at the Mohave County Board of Supervisors auditorium located at 700 West Beale Street, Kingman, Arizona. Fire managers from the Northern Arizona Incident Management Team will provide a fire update and answer questions.
Crews will work in the communities of Pinion Pine and Pine Lake today as well as continuing the construction of indirect fire lines.
Old Highway 93 and Hualapai Mountain Road are closed. DW Ranch Road is closed at Interstate 40 to Atherton Acres and Blake Ranch Road is also closed except to local residents. Additionally, Wild Cow Campground will be closed until further notice.
Dean Peak Fire facts:
Start date: June 29, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.
Location: 10 miles southeast of Kingman, AZ
Containment: 0 percent
Fuels: Pinyon, juniper, Ponderosa pine
Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 3 helicopters, 4 hotshot crews, 3 hand
Total Personnel: 290 crews, 12 engines, 3 water tenders, 2 dozers
(source: Bureau of Land Management, Kingman Field Office)