By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief Keith Peterson (Information):
Needles, California: The vegetation fire that was burning along the Colorado River near Jack Smith Memorial Park is fully contained on Thursday, April 28th, 2011.
The vegetation fire started at around 9:57 a.m. PT on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011.
Battalion Chief Keith Peterson with the San Bernardino County Fire Department tells ZachNews that the vegetation fire has burned 300 acres and is at 100% contained.
The vegetation fire burned an abandoned mobile home located along the Colorado River, and has been visited by transients and those who wanted a quiet place to relax.
Areas of thick trees, brush, medium timber and grass; the area is used for illegal dumping of junk and trash which also burned up in the fire.
Firefighters from multiple fire department agencies, including from San Bernardino County Fire Department, Bullhead City Fire Department, Mohave Valley Fire Department, Golden Shores Fire Department and Bureau of Land Management, responded to the vegetation fire.
There have been no reports on injuries related to the vegetation fire, and the area that the vegetation fire burnt is still closed to public access.
Battalion Chief Keith Peterson also tells ZachNews that firefighters from multiple fire department agencies have been released, but there will be patrols in the burn area by fire crews through the week into next week.
A big question has came alive as to if the City of Needles should work on making another access way to get to Jack Smith Park.
As the brush fire grow, many fire crews in there trucks weren’t able to just drive straight to the fire but go all the way around the railroad tracks then come back into town to get to the park.
Residents are asking the City of Needles as well as Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway for a new crossing or overpass so there will be better access in case of an emergency such as a vegetation fire.
The City of Needles only told ZachNews that money has always been a problem, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway hasn’t responded.
The community of Needles, California thanks all of the firefighters and others emergency personnel who are helping to protect our small desert Colorado River community.
Stay tuned to ZachNews for any more news updates.