A fast moving fire, fanned by Red Flag conditions with 25-35 MPH winds, 103 degree temperatures and low humidity challenged firefighters and other responders from throughout Mohave County in Kingman on Monday, June 26. The Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District (NACFD) received a report of a brush fire at 2:30 p.m. and responded with the Fire Chief; a Battalion Chief; and four engine companies to 3880 Andy Divine Ave.
Upon arrival, Fire Chief Wayne Eder assumed overall command and requested assistance from Kingman Fire. It was later determined that the fire started in the City at the Bulldog Recycling Yard and spread into areas protected by NACFD.
The fire affected three properties along Route 66, destroying 250 autos used for recycled auto parts along with piles of recyclable materials and heavy equipment. No estimate of fire loss has been provided and the City of Kingman will be investigating the cause of the incident.
No structures were lost, and firefighters continued fighting the fire until 10:00 p.m. The City of Kingman provided firefighters overnight to continue mop up and watch for rekindles.
“The recently updated Mohave County Mutual Aid Plan proved instrumental in allowing the NACFD and Kingman Fire Departments to call neighboring resources for assistance, said interim NACFD fire chief Wayne Eder. ““I want to extend my personal appreciation for the hard work and cooperation of all the agencies yesterday. Without this team effort, this incident could have rapidly escalated.”
There were no injuries reported, however AMR did provide cooling to several firefighters on scene who became overheated. The large amount of resources called were utilized both for fire attack and to relieve initial attack firefighters that were operating under extreme conditions. BNSF shut down rail operations for a portion of the afternoon and Route 66 was closed to allow fire hoses to be stretched across to reach fire hydrants.
As the fire spread, additional resources were requested from:
Golden Valley FD
Peach Springs FD
Pinion Pines FD
Bureau of Land Management
United States Forest Service
Mohave Valley FD
Fort Mohave Mesa FD
Bullhead City FD
A total of 54 firefighters responded with 17 engines; 1 heavy rescue company; 1 ladder company; 1 water tender; 1 Rehab Unit and 1 foam unit; along with various support vehicles. The City of Kingman’s Fire Chief Jake Rhoades and Assistant Chief Keith Eaton responded along with three KFD Battalion Chief’s. The following agencies provided support to the incident:
Mohave County Sherriff’s Office
AMR/River Medical Ambulance
American Red Cross
Mohave County Emergency Management