Mohave County issues emergency declaration as wildfire rages

April 27, 2021 GMT

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — Mohave County authorities have issued an emergency declaration after a wildfire near Kingman prompted the evacuation of more than 200 homes in Pine Lake area.

The wildfire was reported around 2 p.m. Sunday and reportedly originated between the Flag Mine and Wild Cow Campground in the Hualapai Mountains south of Kingman in northwestern Arizona.

Arizona Bureau of Land Management officials said the fire was human-caused, but how it started remains under investigation.

County Supervisor Buster Johnson issued the emergency declaration Monday that activated the county’s emergency response and recovery plan until further notice.

“Hualapai Mountain Park will be closed to new visitors…during the existence of said emergency or until the threat in the park is declared over,” Johnson said in the declaration.

County officials said the wildfire had burned about 1,400 acres (2.1 square miles) by late Monday afternoon.

Three large air tankers, multiple fire units and several helicopters were battling the blaze, which is burning brush, grass and ponderosa pines.