Sunday, August 18, 2013

Evening Lightning Event Keeps Firefighters Busy

Residents in Kingman had an amazing light show last night, August 17th, 2013 when monsoon weather moved in around 3 pm and stuck around until midnight. Beau Jackson, a firefighter with the Pinion Pine Fire District took the opportunity to photograph some of the lightning which left area fire departments busy most of the evening and portions of the community without power for a while.

Pinion Pine firefighters responded to a brush fires about 40 miles east of Kingman yesterday around 3 pm which was started by lightning. 1 engine and 1 chief officer responded to the area of mile marker 88 on Interstate 40 and located a small fire roughly 1/4 mile south of the freeway. Crews were able to contain the fire to a tenth of an acre.

As the weather moved west, lightning traveled through the Pinion Pine Fire District into the City of Kingman causing power outages in Kingman and the Blake Ranch area. The cell continued to move west into Golden Valley where lightning started two brush fires and is believed to have started an outbuilding fire and is being investigated by the Golden Valley Fire District.

Lightning as it passed through the Pinion Pine Fire District

Lightning over the City of Kingman

Article by Lieutenant Ron Hood, Pinion Pine Fire District
Photos by Firefighter Beau Jackson, Pinion Pine Fire District

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