Arizona's Flag Fire balloons in size, prompting evacuations

Residents in Mohave County evacuate as Flag Fire spreads

The Flag Fire broke out overnight in Kingman, Arizona, prompting officials to issue evacuation orders

The Flag Fire in Arizona has swelled to a dangerous level, prompting officials to issue evacuation orders Monday.

The fire broke out near Kingman on Sunday around 2 p.m. By 5:30 p.m., the fire had spread to cover around 600 acres.

Around 200 homes have so far been affected by the evacuation order.

Flag Fire burning in the Hualapai Mountains, south of Kingman
(AzEIN EBS @AzEIN_EBS)

A strong wind throughout the afternoon pushed the fire to the north. The low relative humidity encouraged the fire, though officials hope that a higher humidity on Monday will help to mitigate further spread.

CALIFORNIA GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM DECLARES DROUGHT EMERGENCY IN 2 COUNTIES

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders for Pine Lake community, Hualapai Mountain Park and the Hualapai Mountain Lodge.

Roads in the area were closed as of Sunday night except for evacuees and first responders.

OREGON FIRE SENDS 2 TO HOSPITAL, KNOCKS OUT POWER FOR 200 HOMES, REPORT SAYS

The sheriff’s office deployed a helicopter Monday morning for air reconnaissance to gather a more complete picture of how far the fire had spread.

The fire originated between the Flag Mine and Wild Cow Campground in the Hualapai Mountains, according to AZ Family.

TORNADOES TOUCH DOWN IN TEXAS; SEVERE WEATHER EXPECTED IN SOUTHEAST

The Flag Fire is currently burning in an area adjacent to the site of the 2020 Ridge Fire. The Ridge Fire forced evacuations in the same towns and communities, burning approximately 2,280 acres.

The cause of the Flag Fire is currently under investigation, according to AZ Central.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP 

The Red Cross established shelters overnight to offer assistance to anyone affected by the evacuation orders.

Source: Read Full Article