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Colorado River District Office
Bureau of Land Management
1785 Kiowa Ave
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

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Pine Lake Residents Can Return Home

Flag Fire Wildfire
Announcements – 4/30/2021

 Pine Lake Residents Can Now Return Home 
 
Hualapai Park Remains Closed to All Others Further Details Below 


MOHAVE COUNTY, AZ (April 30, 2021) The evacuation orders previously issued for the Pine Lake community will officially be lifted at 10am today (Friday, April 30th.) Residents of Pine Lake are authorized to return to their homes. This repopulation order is for PINE LAKE RESIDENTS ONLY, and the Hualapai Mountain Park will remain closed to visitors. Proof of residence will be required at the re-entry checkpoint. Residents of Pine Lake returning to their homes will need to use Hualapai Mountain Rd. and be prepared for possible delays at the checkpoint. Any non-residents attempting to enter the area will be turned away.
 
Once returned to your home, we ask that residents minimize their activity outside and away from their homes, as firefighters and heavy machinery will be moving around the community. Incident Management crews will remain on site for the foreseeable future monitoring fire activity and assessing the area for potential dangers. A road block will be in place on Flag Mine Rd. and off road activity in the area will be strictly prohibited.
 
We greatly appreciate the community’s cooperation and understanding during the evacuation process. The return of residents brings the Pine Lake community back to SET status, and additional evacuations could be ordered depending on fire activity in the area. Again, ONLY Pine Lake Residents will be authorized at this time.
 
Also, the Flag Fire in the Kingman area’s nearby Hualapai Mountains was remapped by Incident Management Team (IMT) and the fire burn area has been reduced with the total acreage a total of 1,279 acres. Limited visibility had prohibited an air assessment of the blaze. The fire is burning, but, there was no significant growth reported.The fire has consumed Ponderosa Pine at higher elevations, brush and grass. There are 327 personnel currently assigned to the blaze. At this time, 13% containment is reported. Total cost so far is estimated at $1.4 million. There is no perimeter growth. Firefighters on the Flag Fire have been utilizing recent moisture to their advantage with the cooler weather conditions, light rain, and snow at higher elevations from Tuesday night in the fire area.

A new closure order is now in effect as of noon yesterday closing portions BLM Road 7101 and BLM road 7178. For full order information visit Flag fire closure information on Inciweb. The fire has remained within its footprint for the past two days due to Tuesday’s precipitation and the efforts of firefighters. Wildland fires typically burned in a mosaic pattern, leaving many interior islands of unburned vegetation. These unburned fuels within the interior of the perimeter have potential to show more active fire behavior with the drying trend moving over the fire area.
 
Fire crews continue working to make sure the perimeter of the fire is secure. This is being accomplished by strengthening containment lines, by clearing more vegetation, as well as looking for and extinguishing any heat adjacent to the containment line that may challenge the line as the weather becomes hotter and drier. Until these actions are complete, fire managers cannot be sure that the fire will not escape to resume as a threat. Heavy truck traffic, bulldozers, and other equipment along access roads continue, making access roads difficult and hazardous.

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