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Evacuated residents allowed to return home near "Dean Peak" wildfire at Kingman
Residents evacuated from more than 300 homes and businesses in communities near Kingman have been allowed to return to their property Sunday. They were forced to flee last week because of the “Dean Peak” wildfire that sparked during a lightning storm in the Hualapai Mountains.
Fire management team member Margaret Hangan said people are allowed to return to the suburbs of Pine Lake, Pinion Pine and Getz Ranch.
“The evacuation was lifted for the residents only. They are not letting public in there at this time," Hangan said. "We just want to give the residents time to get in and check the safety of their homes."
Hangan said the fire is 90 percent contained, and it has covered more than 5,400 acres of Pinion Pine, Juniper and scrub brush. She said 450 firefighters continue to battle the flames and mop up smoldering spots. She anticipates the “Dean Peak” fire will be fully contained within the next week or so.
It has cost an estimated $3.1 million to fight the blaze so far.