Dropping Water

Butch For BlogFire 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.

Firefighting units from Fort Mohave Mesa, Pinion Pines, Golden Valley, Golden Shores, Bullhead City, San Bernardino County, BLM and AZGF were on scene battling the blaze on both sides of the Colorado River.

The fire, originally called the South Fire, has progressed to more than 2,200 acres and the predominant fuels are Salt Cedar and Mesquite trees in addition of other river bottom vegetation. The fire began in the refuge on the Arizona side of the Colorado, crossed over the river into California and threatened the Pirate’s Cove and Park Moabi Recreational Vehicle Parks.

Fort Mohave Mesa Fire District Battalion Chief Kevin Smith was the first incident commander on scene and was the individual who named the blaze South Fire. However, when Bureau of Land Management arrived, they took over command and renamed the fire as Topoc Fire.

As of yesterday, April 9, 2016 – The Topock Fire incident command was transferred to US Fish and Wildlife Services as a Type 4 Incident
Basic Information

Current as of ‎4‎/‎9‎/‎2016‎ ‎9‎:‎31‎:‎00‎ ‎AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Active Investigation
Date of Origin Wednesday April 06th, 2016 approx. 05:00 AM
Location 10 mi SSE of Needles, CA; 2 mi W of Topock/Golden Shores, AZ
Incident Commander Unified Command
Incident Description Us Fish And Wildlife Service
Total Personnel 165
Size 2,200 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 85%
Fuels Involved Riparian Fuels including Salt Cedar
Weather Concerns Gusty winds