MOHAVE COUNTY – Authorities on July 21 report 40% containment of the Big Sandy Fire burning a few miles south of Wikieup that was ignited by lightning on Saturday, July 16. Crews have been able to prevent spread of the wildfire beyond 150 acres.
“The threat to structures, the U.S. 93 and infrastructure, including kV lines, has decreased significantly,” an Arizona Department of Foresty and Management post stated. “Some resources will be released over the next few days, with aircraft on standby, if needed. However, there is a potential for thunderstorms and outflow winds which may impact the fire area over the next few days.”
The Bureau of Land Management is handling two other wildfires burning in different areas of the Hualapai Mountain range southeast of Kingman.
The agency reported that the Pine Peak Fire is 0% contained and has covered about 117 acres about 20 miles from Kingman. The 20-acre Cow Fire is 0% contained about 30 miles from Kingman.
The BLM said a confine/contain strategy is employed for both fires due to extremely rugged and remote terrain. “Firefighters will assess containment opportunities, in more accessible terrain and utilize aircraft to monitor and keep in check with helicopter water drops as needed,” the agency said.
No injuries associated with the wildfires are reported.