Lightning Fires in Mohave County

Kingman, Ariz. – Dry lightning on July 17 started three fires in Mohave County.

For Release: July 20, 2009; 10 am
Contact: Mike Brown, Public Affairs Specialist
(928) 718-3756

Lightning Fires in Mohave County

Kingman, Ariz. – Dry lightning on July 17 started three fires in Mohave County.

The Cliffs Fire is burning approximately 24 miles northeast of Dolan Springs. The 150-acre fire is burning in pinion and juniper and is currently 80% contained. Full containment of the Cliffs Fire is expected late Monday, July 20.

Fifty-six fire-fightrers responded to the Cliffs Fire and worked through the weekend. Responders included fire personnel from Pinion Pine Fire Department, Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District, Kingman Fire Department, State of Arizona, U.S. Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Engines, water tenders, a helicopter, and heavy and light air tankers were used to fight the Cliffs Fire which threatened the high tension powerlines between Hoover Dam and Phoenix. There was no damage to the powerlines or any structures.

Today, fire crews are completing containment of the Cliffs Fire and will mop up and patrol the area for the next few days.

Two small fires in the Hualapia Mountains south of Kingman were contained Friday. The fires burned less than two acres. A final fire was contained in the Cerbat Mountains north of Kingman which burned less than one acre on Sunday, July 19.

Fire restrictions remain in effect for public lands in northwestern Arizona. Current Fire Danger for the BLM Kingman Field Office is Very High. Current fire restriction information can also be found online at www.publiclands.org/firenews or call toll free 1-877-864-6985. To report a wildfire or illegal fire use, please call the Kingman Field Office at (928) 718-3700 or State Fire Dispatch at (800) 309-7081.

The BLM manages more land – 256 million acres – than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.









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