Flag Fire Update, May 1, 2021

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Reopens Pine Lake to Local Residents 

Acres: 1,265 acres
Percent Containment: 62%
Start Date: April 25, 2021
Cause: Under Investigation
Origin Location: Hualapai Mountains; S of Pine Lake, Arizona
Fuels: Ponderosa pine at higher elevations, brush, and grass
Personnel Assigned: 285 

Homeowners in the Pine Lake community were allowed to return to their residences beginning yesterday at 10:00 a.m. By Friday morning firefighters had made sufficient progress on the Flag Fire to allow reentry. For now, the lifting of the order only applies to residents. Firefighters continue to work the fire perimeter and heavy truck traffic will be encountered along Hualapai Mountain Road to the Pine Lake community. We encourage those returning to drive slowly and be aware of fire personnel and vehicles also using the road.

The recon flight this afternoon gave a more accurate mapping of the fire perimeter and reduced the acreage to 1,265.

This will be the final news release from the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 1. A BLM Type 3 organization will assume command at 6:00 a.m. Sunday, May 2.

Incident Commander Alan Sinclair offers his and the entire team’s sincere appreciation to the people of Kingman, Pine Lake, and the surrounding communities for your patience, support, and well wishes we encountered while fighting this fire. He also would like to point out that the hard work done by local resources in creating fire breaks around Pine Lake previous to the fire as well as the initial attack by local firefighters, BLM Kingman Field Office, and the Central West Zone Type 3 Team significantly aided in the successful management of this fire.

Evacuations: None, however, Mohave County residents are encouraged to learn more about Arizona's Ready-Set-Go program and sign up for Mohave County Emergency Notifications by visiting: https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

No Drone Zone: A temporary flight restriction remains in place over the Flag Fire. Flying a hobbyist drone over a fire puts everyone at risk and hinders firefighting suppression efforts. If you fly, we must ground all aircraft, due to the dangers unauthorized drones pose to firefighting aircraft. Always follow FAA rules when flying your aircraft. If caught, your drone could be confiscated by law enforcement and you could face hefty fines.

Fire Danger Remains High. Use caution when recreating or working outdoors. Check for fire restrictions or information on fire activity around Arizona at: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/

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