Thursday, May 30, 2013

Vehicle Accident with Extrication

Interstate 40 -

On May 29, 2013 around 4:15 pm, Pinion Pine firefighters responded to Interstate 40 near the 67 mile marker westbound for a motor vehicle rollover with entrapment. E521 crew arrived on scene to find a pickup truck hauling a trailer that had left the roadway and rolled several times before resting upright on Nellie Drive, the frontage road that runs along the north side of Interstate 40 from the Blake Ranch Rd exit.


Both patients had to be extricated from the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle refused medical treatment. The front seat passenger stated they had hit their head and lost consciousness and complained of lower back pain. The patient was treated by fire and EMS personnel and transported by ground to an area hospital in stable condition. The cause of the accident is being investigated by the Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol. Crews were on scene for approximately one hour, and Interstate traffic was not interrupted from the incident.

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Photo by Firefighter Stephan Little
Article by Lt. Ron Hood

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Vegetation Fire Brings Multi-Agency Response

Lazy Y U -

On May 25, 2013 around 3:15 pm, Kingman Alarm received reports of a brushfire near milepost 4 on Hualapai Mountain rd near the camping area. This brought the response of:
  • Kingman E241, B246 and Batt. 2
  • Pinion Pine E523, B516 and C501
  • BLM E3330
Units arrived in the area with a half acre brush fire in a drainage north of Hualapai Mountain rd near a recreation area. Resources began suppressing the fire and were able to contain it quickly. Command was passed over to BLM and fire department resources cleared the scene. Last year, this same area fueled a 6 acre brushfire that was started from individuals discharging fire arms. This fire was also started this way. The area is a popular target practice area just east of the city limits and also a popular camping area which makes it ideal. The downfall is this area is also very dry with light flashy fuels which means fire starts easy and spreads rapidly.

Firefighters from E523 and B516 gather after completing mop up.
Although there are currently no restrictions on BLM lands regarding discharging fire arms, we encourage the community to wait until reasonable conditions exist. The Hualapai Mountains are a critical fire zone for the 2013 season and hot, dry, windy days like this day are all it takes to fuel an aggressive brush fire.

Photo and Article by Lt. Ron Hood

Friday, May 24, 2013

Crews Make Quick Work of Semi Fire

Blake Ranch -

On May 23, 2013 at 8 pm, E511 and C501 received an alarm for a tractor trailer on fire at the Blue Beacon truck wash with explosions and structure threat. C501 arrived on scene to find a fully involved tractor trailer inside bay number two. E511 arrived and deployed an 1 3/4 CAFS attack line and quickly knocked the fire down. Paramedics on scene checked the driver for any injuries with none reported. Crews were on scene for approximately 2 hours while overhaul was completed. The tractor was a total loss but extension to the trailer was stopped.


The truck wash is closed until engineers inspect the building for any critical damage or failures in the ceiling. No injuries were reported during the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown and damage costs to the structure are under investigation.

Article by Lt. Ron Hood
Photos by Firefighter Neal Raines

Friday, May 17, 2013

Pinion Pine Firefighters Extinguish Motor Fire

Blake Ranch -

On May 16, 2013 around 5:30 PM, E511 and C501 were dispatched to the Petro Truck Center for a reported SUV on fire in the parking lot. C501 arrived on scene to find Petro employees had already knocked the fire down with extinguishers but the motor was still smoldering. Firefighters deployed a CAFS attack line and completely suppressed the fire. Upon investigation, it was determined a cut wire behind the motor was arching against the vehicle frame. Firefighters removed the battery cables and advised the owner of the wire failure.

Firefighters Heath Markley and Neal Raines pictured above shortly after the
fire was extinguished.

Shortly after units were placed back in service, E511 was dispatched back to the location for a possible rekindle. Upon arrival, firefighters found the SUV out of the parking space being towed by another vehicle. The owner stated he "placed the cables back on the battery to roll up the windows" which activated the fuel pump and power to the exposed wire which reignited the motor. Firefighters again suppressed the fire and cut the battery cables. Units were on scene for approximately one hour and no injuries were reported.
Article by Lt. Ron Hood
Photo by Capt. Gail Jackson