“Arizona understands the devastating impact wildfires can have on communities,” said Governor Ducey. “We are proud to support our neighboring state with vital response resources to enhance fire suppression efforts. Our unwavering gratitude is with the brave men and women fighting these fires.”
The Imperial Fire is currently in a holding stage and will continue to be monitored by fire personnel.
Fire crews were successful yesterday in completing a fireline on the southern perimeter of the fire. Today, helicopter bucket drops will assist firefighting efforts by dousing hot spots within the burn area.
No significant smoke is visible to the surrounding community at this time.
The Imperial Fire is located on the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge on the California side of the river between Ferguson Lake and the old gauging station across from the Eureka Mine area.
With an increase in relative humidity, the Imperial Fire activity has been reduced to light or moderate. “Even though the fire has slowed, this is a fire that will continue to burn in the duff and phragmites (common reed) vegetation, and with a warming trend to come, we may see this fire increase in intensity”, says Imperial Wildlife Refuge Manager Nate Caswell.
Imperial Fire is located on the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge on the California side of the river between Ferguson Lake and the old gauging station across from the Eureka Mine area.
The perimeter of the fire is estimated at 100 acres.
Management of the fire transitioned to a Type 3 team Sunday evening to assist the local agency with fire suppression. The Imperial Fire continues to burn slowly downstream on the California side of the Colorado River and is only accessible by boat. The western side of the fire is desert upland habitat.
The Topock Fire is burning in riparian fuels, including salt cedar, 2 miles west of Topock, Ariz.
The fire is 2,200 acres and 40 percent contained.
As of today, evacuations have been lifted for Moabi Mobile home park. All employees of Pirate Cove may return, and campers may return only to recover belongings with an escort.
UPDATE 5:50 p.m.: Oatman Hwy (Route 66, County Route 10) will remain closed overnight due to the Topock Fire. Oatman Hwy is closed from I-40 to Golden Shores.
Drivers along Interstate 40 may encounter reduced visibility because of smoke from a wildfire near the California state line, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Interstate 40 remains open in Arizona, but motorists should remain alert to changing conditions.
The Topock Fire is burning on the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge within the Topock Marsh area. The fire was reported early this morning.
The incident is under Unified Command and being managed as a Type 3 organization. The fire is burning in Arizona and California.
Firefighting strategies and tactics—using natural and man-made features to assist with fire containment—are proving to be effective at this time.
Park Moabi and Pirates Cove have been evacuated. Topock Marina is threatened
One structure was damaged by fire but not destroyed.