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Western Arizona fire now 1,000 acres as high winds frustrate fire crews

by Miguel Torres, Arizona Republic |

The Flag Fire near Kingman, Ariz., nearly doubled in size to more than 1,000 acres from Sunday night as fire crews battled high winds.

The fire, which has no containment, prompted evacuation orders in the areas of Hualapai Mountain Park, Hualapai Mountain Park Lodge and Pine Lake.

Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Dolores Garcia said the blaze has now grown to somewhere between 1,000 acres and 1,500 acres.

Three large air tankers and three single-engine air tankers were being prepped for use to help with containment, Garcia said.

Monday's high gusty winds were a concern. A wind advisory went into effect to areas in northwestern Arizona, according to the National Weather Service.

While “conditions are extremely dry for this time of year,” an “increasing humidity into the evening with a change of showers extending into Tuesday” could help efforts to contain the fire, Garcia added.

Hualapai Mountain Road which was closed down to everyone except first responders and evacuees at mile post 10.