Flag Fire prompts evacuations southeast of Kingman, AZ

Hualapia Mountain Park and Pine Lake are threatened

Updated at 2:12 p.m. MDT April 26, 2021

Flag Fire. April 26, 2021
Flag Fire. April 26, 2021. BLM photo.

The Bureau of Land Management reported at 1:20 p.m. MDT Monday that the Flag Fire 12 miles southeast of Kingman, Arizona was mapped Monday morning at 1,400 acres. There have been no injuries or structures destroyed. Overnight firefighters extinguished spot fires near homes and conducted tactical burning operations.

Flag Fire map
Flag Fire map. Updated at 12:45 p.m. MDT April 26, 2021. NIFC.

The Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team  assumed command at 9 a.m. Monday. A higher qualified IMT, a Type 1, has been assigned and is expected to transition with the Type 3 team tomorrow, April 27.

Flag Fire. April 26, 2021
Flag Fire. April 26, 2021. BLM photo.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s office still has evacuations in effect for Hualapai Mountain Park, the Lodge, and the Pine Lake Community, affecting about 200 households.

Originally published at 9:31 p.m. MDT April 25, 2021

Flag Fire map
Flag Fire map. The icons represent heat detected by satellites as late as 5:30 p.m. MDT April 25, 2021.

The Flag Fire reported at 2 p.m. Sunday is prompting evacuations about 12 miles southeast of Kingman, Arizona. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office has ordered the evacuation of Hualapai Mountain Park, Lodge, and the Pine Lake Community. The Sheriff’s Facebook page has details. Sunday evening the Bureau of Land Management reported that the fire had burned approximately 600 acres.

A strong wind Sunday afternoon out of the south and southwest gusting at 20 to 30 mph pushed the blaze to the north. The wind will continue through Sunday night, according to a spot forecast, but the relative humidity will increase to 60 percent. There is a chance of showers Monday in the fire area with the RH expected to be around 50 percent, the temperature in the low 40s, and 10 to 20 mph winds out of the southwest.

The map of the area above shows two previous fires within three or four miles of the Flag Fire. On Sunday it was moving north toward the footprint of the Dean Fire that burned 5,417 acres in 2013 on the same day the Yarnell Hill Fire burned over and killed 19 firefighters. The two fires were competing for air tankers.

To the south is the Ridge Fire that grew to more than 3,000 acres in 2020.

The Flag Fire started between the Flag Mine and Wild Cow Campground in the Hualapai Mountains. It is being managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

An Arizona Type 3 Incident Management Team is on order. Other resources on scene or requested Sunday included 1 lead plane, 3 large air tankers, 3 single engine air tankers, 3 helicopters, and 5 hotshot crews.

Flag Fire, April 25, 2021
Flag Fire, April 25, 2021. Photo by Whitney Clark.