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The State of California is asking for more help from Arizona to assist with the multiple fires burning across the southern part of the state.
 
Today, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management received an order for an additional 22 engines, for a total of 42 engines and nearly 150 firefighters.
 
Many of the Arizona crews that have already arrived in California were assigned to the Lilac Fire in San Diego County. Those crews are working as strike teams by providing initial attack and being used for structure protection.
Fire equipment and personnel are deploying to California to support wildland fire suppression efforts through state-to-state mutual aid compact.
 

“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 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.

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.

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