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BLM calls in more firefighters as new wildfires hit state


The Bureau of Land Management was bringing additional firefighters to bear in its effort to corral a lightning fire, one of more than two dozen ignited by weekend storms.

Most were brought under control quickly, but Bureau of Land Management fire control officer Dave Boyd said yesterday the Warm Springs fire six miles south of Oatman in the Kingman area spread to 7,000 acres from 4,000.

Boyd said additional crews were being called to augment the about 60 firefighters assigned to the blaze.

BLM firefighters were monitoring a 500-acre Black Mesa fire in the Yuma area that was burning through grass, creosote and paloverde. The size of the fire, originally estimated at 2,000 acres, was recalculated with better maps.

No firefighters had been assigned to a 150-acre fire on Goodwin Mesa in the BLM’s Phoenix District for want of resources, the BLM reported.

Meanwhile, firefighters controlled a 500-acre blaze and a 200-acre fire in the Arizona Strip northwest of the lower Grand Canyon.

Boyd said four small fires in the Hualapai Mountains about 15 miles southeast of Kingman were brought under control on Monday.

The Mockingbird fire that covered 1,500 acres in the Prescott and Tonto national forests – mostly in the Pine Mountain Wilderness – was listed as 60 percent contained with full containment expected within the day Monday.

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