MOHAVE VALLEY –Fire fighters from Mohave Valley Fire District (MVFD) responded at 4:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 6, 2016, to a fire in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.
The fire, currently called the South Fire, has progressed to almost 100 acres and the predominant fuels are Salt Cedar and Mesquite trees in addition of other river bottom vegetation. The fire threatens the Pirate’s Cove and Park Moabi Recreational Vehicle Parks.
“Both RV parks are currently being evacuated,” said the on-scene incident commander MVFD Fire Chief Ted Martin. “There are some camp trailers and other recreational vehicles still in the parks, and we do not know the exact numbers of people who were evacuated.”
Firefighting units from Fort Mohave, Golden Shores, Bullhead City, and San Bernardino County are also currently on scene battling the blaze on both sides of the Colorado River. “There is zero percent containment at this time of the fire that started between Dike Road and Route 66, and its cause is deemed suspicious in nature,” Chief Martin said.
Because of the location of the fire, firefighting units from Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Game and Fish and the State of Arizona have been requested.
Firefighters are currently conducting back-burn operations in hopes of getting a containment line around the fire.
More fire updates will be provided when available.
By Butch Meriwether
Mohave Valley Fire District Public Information Officer