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Dean Peak Fire continues to grow in Hualapai Mountains

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(Source: Liana Lyster) (Source: Liana Lyster)
(Source: Liana Lyster) (Source: Liana Lyster)

A wildfire burning in northwestern Arizona in the Hualapai Mountains has now burned 5,400 acres as it shrouds some Mohave County communities with smoke.

The Dean Peak Fire grew more than 1,000 acres overnight, with no containment.

"This fire is different from past fires, it is highly visible from the town of Kingman, this is not a typical desert fire and should be visible for some time," Incident Commander Matt Reidy said.

Bureau of Land Management spokesman Kelly Ward said six hotshot crews are working on the fire. Firefighters are focusing on protecting structures from the fire located about 10 miles southeast of Kingman, while air tankers are assigned to drop retardant to slow the fire's growth.

A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for the Pine Lake community. The Pinion Pine community and communication sites on Getz Peak continue to be threatened. As of Wednesday, 350 homes in and around the Pine Lake community were threatened.

The lightning-caused wildfire in the Hualapai Mountains started Friday afternoon.

On Monday, Mohave County sheriff's deputies and Search and Rescue units went door to door advising residents in the Blake Ranch Road area of a "pre-evacuation notice." Anyone south of Interstate 40 at Petro (Blake Ranch Road) is being asked to be prepared in case an evacuation is ordered.

A cooling station has opened at Kingman High School at 4182 Bank St. in Kingman. Evacuated residents wanting to get out of the heat can stop by for snacks, water and coffee.

The fire is burning downslope on the east side of Dean Peak. There is no containment at this time.

Fire managers report that 175 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to the fire.

The fire is burning on Bureau of Land Management land and is consuming brush, pinion, juniper and sporadic pines, according to fire officials.

A downdraft from downslope winds is pushing smoke into surrounding communities.

Old Highway 93 is closed and Hualapai Mountain Road is closed to Pine Lake. DW Ranch and Blake Ranch roads are also closed except for local residents. Wild Cow Campground will be closed until further notice.

A declaration of fire emergency was issued by Gary Watson, chairman of the Mohave County Board of Supervisors.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds for the fire. The funding will reimburse 75 percent of the firefighting costs.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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