A fast moving fire, fanned by extreme conditions with 15-20 MPH winds, 100 degree temperatures and low humidity challenged firefighters and other responders from throughout Mohave County in Kingman on Sunday. The NACFD1 received a report of a structure fire at 4:36 PM and responded with the Fire Chief; a Battalion Chief; one Brush engine and four engine companies to Shaeffer and Patsy Ave.
Upon arrival, Battalion Chief Jason Scott assumed overall command and requested assistance from Kingman Fire who responded with a Battalion Chief and an additional three engine companies. Shortly thereafter, Fire Chief Wayne Eder arrived and assumed command of the incident. Arriving units encountered a rapidly spreading fire with multiple mobile homes involved.
Mutual aid was requested from other fire departments in Mohave county including:
Golden Valley FD (1 Engine & 1 Water Tender)
Yucca FD (2 Chief Officers, 1 Engine & 1 Water Tender)
Pinion Pines FD (1 Engine)
Desert Hills FD (1 Engine & 2 Water Tenders)
Bullhead City FD (1 Engine)
A total of 42 firefighters responded with 12 engines; 4 water tenders; and 1 brush engine. The following agencies provided support to the incident:
Mohave County Sherriff’s Office
AMR/River Medical Ambulance
American Red Cross
Mohave County Emergency Management
The fire affected multiple properties in the area, destroying 4 mobile homes; 4 out buildings; 5 vehicles; 1 boat and a utility trailer. Three additional homes received some damage from heat and smoke.
Four adults and three dogs were displaced, with one person treated on scene for smoke inhalation. No estimate of fire loss has been provided. The fire was determined to be intentionally set with evidence turned over to MCSO.
Firefighters remained on scene for over six hours extinguishing hot spots.
“Our community has been plagued by a rash of incendiary fires and we need the public’s help in stopping these individuals before more property is lost and/or someone is seriously injured or killed due to these malicious acts, interim Chief Wayne Eder said. “Thank you once again for the assistance provided by fire agencies and other cooperators on Sunday’s fire. This fire clearly demonstrates the need for cooperation and support, particularly with the extreme conditions we are experiencing this summer.”