Dean Peak Fire containment now at 37%

Dean Peak Fire containment now at 37%

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KINGMAN, Ariz. -

Firefighters are getting a handle on a lightning-sparked wildfire in mountains outside of Kingman, with crews building and reinforcing fire-break lines while helicopters drop buckets of water on the blaze.

The Dean Peak Fire in the Hualapai Mountains grew to more than 5,300 acres Friday but containment rose from zero to 37% as of Friday.

Officials say a lightning strike 10 miles southeast of Kingman sparked the blaze June 29.

About 350 homes in the Pinion Pines and Pine Lake communities remain under mandatory evacuation orders.

Authorities said they had been able to keep the two neighborhoods safe as flames consume mostly brush, juniper, pines and pinion.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross is putting its shelter in Kingman back on standby status because no people are staying there. 473 personnel are fighting the fire.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press modified.

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