News Update!!: Needles, CA: Brush fire near Park Moabi.

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Brush fire near Park Moabi.

** ZachNews has the latest information regarding the Topock Fire in Needles, California. **

** As of 8:20am PT on Saturday, April 9th, 2016: **

The recent rain our community had helped in the finishing work on the Topock Fire.

The Topock Fire burned 2,200 acres and remains at 85% percent contained.

** Weather for the Topock Fire area: **

According to the National Weather Service, Saturday will be a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11:00am PT. Partly sunny, with a high near 79*F. South wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Saturday night will be a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57*F. Southeast wind 6 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

** As of 10:04pm PT on Friday, April 8th, 2016: **

The Topock Fire burned 2,200 acres and is at 85% percent contained.

** As of 7:11am PT on Friday, April 8th, 2016: **

The Topock Fire burned 2,200 acres and is at 50% percent contained.

Overnight, a slope over occurred after gusty winds hit.

A bulldozer and ground crews were able to get a contain it which was limited to 2-3 acres.

Embers and fire brands are still a threat and fire fighters are continuing efforts to reduce danger.

** Weather for the Topock Fire area: **

According to the National Weather Service, Friday will be showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 11:00am PT, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11:00am PT. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79*F. South southeast wind 9 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Friday night will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 60*F. South wind 5 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

** As of 1:00pm PT on Thursday, April 7th, 2016: **

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** Pictures from NBC affiliate KSNC Channel 3: **

The Topock Fire has burned 2,200 acres and is at 40% percent contained.

Chance of showers are coming into the Topock Fire area which could bring relief, but the wind from the fronts could also complicate efforts to put the fire out.

** As of 8:00am PT on Thursday, April 7th, 2016: **

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** Picture from NBC affiliate KPNX Channel 12: **

According to the Bureau of Land Management Arizona and San Bernardino County Fire Department, the Topock Fire has burned over 1,400 acres and is 40% percent contained.

The Topock Fire remains at 1,438 acres burned.

The mandatory evacuation order has been lifted for Park Moabi residents only.

Pirate Cove Resort is expected to be open for business on Friday, April 8th, 2016.

The cause of the Topock Fire is considered to be suspicious and started in the Topock Marsh area along a dirt road.

ZachNews has learned that some residents living near the Colorado River in Needles, California remember smelling some at around 3:30am PT on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016.

The Topock Fire was being fueled by dry brush, salt cedar, mesquite trees, and other river bottom vegetation.

At this moment, no structures are threatened.

At least 165 personal are remain on scene.

Burnout operation will continue and fire department crews will be looking for possible extreme fire behavior the rest of the day.

** Weather for the Topock Fire area: **

According to the National Weather Service, Thursday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 83*F. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 12 to 17 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph. Thursday night will be cloudy, with a low around 59*F. A 50 percent chance of showers is possible. South southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the evening.

** Roadway Closures: **

Park Moabi Road remains closed and authorities will only allow residents to enter at this time.

The peninsulas remain closed as fire department crews and utility crews be in those areas making repairs to power lines.

Interstate 40 in both directions remains open.

** As of 11:40pm PT on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016: **

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** Picture from ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez: **

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the Topock Fire, also known as the Pirate Fire, has grown to 1,438 acres and is just 5% percent contained.

The Pirate Fire official name change to Topock Fire per Bureau of Land Management Arizona.

Oatman Highway near the brush fire will remain closed overnight from Interstate 40 to Golden Shores, Arizona as firefighters continue to battle the blaze.

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** Picture from ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez: **

Mandatory evacuations are still in place for the Park Moabi area which is located near Pirate’s Cove Resort and the Colorado River.

Fire department personal will be monitoring the conditions at the brush fire overnight for any flare-ups.

Pirates Cove Resort has released a press release on their Facebook page regarding the “Pirate Fire” which read the following:

“Early this morning, a fire started on the Arizona side of the Colorado River and unfortunately crossed the river due to strong winds, and the fire came into contact with Pirate Cove Resort property.

We are extremely fortunate to report that Pirate Cove Resort sustained minimal loss. Only Zipline poles and the roof of the outdoor DJ pavilion were damaged due to the fire. We are very happy to report that NO damage occurred to Pirate Cove’s Restaurant and Bar, Store, Marina, Cabins, RV Park (only 1 RV space sustained minor electrical damage) and Mobile Home Park.

We would like to thank Maureen Snelgrove and San Bernardino County, San Bernardino County Fire Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Land Management, Fisheries and Wildlife, Mojave Valley Fire, Air Rescue and countless others who worked extremely hard and united in order to contain this fire.

Pirate Cove would also like to thank its customers and community members for such positive support throughout this time. This will not affect Pirate Cove’s operation and all facilities will be open for business Friday, April 8th (Mobile home owners will be allowed back tomorrow, Thursday, April 7th).”

** As of 6:40pm PT on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016: **

**** Here’s the latest information from press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department: ****

The brush fire is named the “Pirate Fire” was reported at 5:25am PT on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016.

Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station along with fire department personnel from San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to Park Moabi just east of Needles, California following the report of a fire.

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** Pictures from ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez: **

The fire started on the Mohave County, Arizona side of the Colorado River and winds pushed the fire over to the San Bernardino County, California side of the Colorado River.

The brush fire is burning vegetation in and around the area of Park Moabi, including brush and some tail trees.

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** Pictures from the San Bernardino County Fire Department: **

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the brush fire has burned 1,200 acres and have the brush fire at 5% percent contained.

There was minor structure damage to property at Pirate Cove Resort have suffered damaged.

Park Moabi remains under a mandatory evacuations have been ordered for residents of Park Moabi as well as campers in the area.

An emergency evacuation center has been established at the Needles Park and Recreation located at 1111 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, persons evacuated will be escorted in to recover personal property. Anyone who was evacuated due to the fire is urged to come to the command post located at Interstate 40 and Park Moabi Road. Escorts will be provided to allow persons to pick up personal property and/or vehicles. We encourage anyone who may have left behind property on the peninsula’s to come to the command post and wait to be escorted to the location to retrieve your property.

The exit at Park Moabi Road from Interstate 40 was closed to traffic, but Interstate 40 remains open, but there’s lots of smoke in the area.

Boaters should be aware of a down zip line cable that is in the water in the Park Moabi channel.

There have been no reports of any injuries related to the brush fire.

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** Pictures from ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez: **

Fire department apparatus, including 3 helicopters capable of dropping water on the brush fire, are at the scene battling the brush fire.

San Bernardino County Fire Department strike teams, air rescue 06, hand crews and a bulldozer have responded to the incident.

During the battle on the brush fire, fire department personal had to evacuate their fire department truck after getting stuck near the brush fire.

All of the fire department personnel made it out safely, but it’s unclear if the fire department truck survived.

According to San Bernardino County Fire Department, winds are 20 mph are blowing in the area of the brush fire.

Authorities will be conducting extra patrol throughout the night in the evacuated areas.

Additional personnel from throughout the fire department have responded to the area to provide additional law enforcement coverage.

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