KINGMAN, Ariz. -- Authorities in Mohave County are advising residents of some Hualapai Mountains communities to evacuate due to a lightning-started fire burning approximately 10 miles southeast of Kingman.
The Dean Peak Fire started Saturday and is burning in brush and pine trees in an area with rugged terrain. It had burned 908 acres by Monday, and grown to more than 2,300 acres by Tuesday morning.
Residents of Pine Lake were given a mandatory evacuation order as the fire crossed Dean Peak and backed toward Pine Lake. The fire is burning in steep rugged terrain and there are few barriers to slow the flames.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter says probably more than 100 homes are affected by the advisory, including vacation cabins and year-round homes.
The Pinion Pine community and communication sites on Getz Peak continue to be threatened at this time.
The federal Bureau of Land Management says 175 people are assigned to the fire and that that a fire management team has taken over.
"This fire is different from past fires," Incident Commander Matt Reidy said in a news release. "It is highly visible from the town of Kingman. This is not typical for a desert fire and should be visible for some time."
Old Highway 93 and Hualapai Mountain Road are closed to Pine Lake. DW Ranch Road and Blake Ranch Road are also closed except to local residents. Additionally, Wild Cow Campground will be closed until further notice.
The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter opened an evacuation reception center Monday afternoon at Kingman High School, 4182 Bank St., in Kingman.
The Humane Society has secured the Mohave County Fair Grounds located at 2600 Fairgrounds Avenue in Kingman.
Evacuated residents wanting to reconnect with loved ones are urged to register through the Red Cross Safe and Well website at www.safeandwell.org. Those wishing to make donations to the Red Cross can do so online at www.redcross.org/donate or by calling 1-800-733-2767.