By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: Mohave Valley Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management in Arizona and United States Fish and Wildlife (Information):
Pictures: Bureau of Land Management Arizona (Courtesy) and ZachNews:
Desert Hills, Arizona: If you’re noticing lots of smoke coming from along the Colorado River south of Topock, Arizona on Saturday, February 8th, 2020, officials from the Mohave Valley Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management in Arizona and United States Fish and Wildlife want the public to know that all that smoke is from a controlled burn at Blankenship Bend.
According to according to the Bureau of Land Management in Arizona, fire resources from Colorado River District and United States Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest are taking advantage of the current weather conditions to conduct a prescribed fire on 350 acres on Havasu National Wildlife Refuge near Blankenship Bend area just south of Topock Gorge, to improve marsh habitat for threatened Yuma Ridgeway’s Rails bird.
These pictures courtesy of Bureau of Land Management Arizona show today’s controlled burn happening in the Blankenship Bend area, located along the Colorado River just north of Desert Hills, Arizona.
The Bureau of Land Management in Arizona and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service work to cooperatively manage Colorado River corridor for threatened and endangered species habitat improvement, invasive species reduction, fire mitigation, and recreation opportunities; this partnership has been beneficial for managing Arizona’s largest water source for multiple objectives.
These pictures from ZachNews shows the smoke that everybody north of the controlled burn was seeing.
Calls coming into dispatch as well as calls and emails into ZachNews from concerned people asking what was burning in their area.
The Mohave Valley Fire Department posted about the large amount of smoke down towards Topock, Arizona being a controlled burn at Blankenship Bend after reports were coming in from people worrying that there was a fire in the area.
According to the Bureau of Land Management in Arizona, fire resources have completed ignitions for today; fire resources will remain on scene to monitor, and while most smoke should lift out of the area, some may settle along that area of the Colorado River overnight.
According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the United States Fish an Wildlife will be conducting a 20 acres controlled burn south of Lake Havasu City, Arizona where the Bill Williams River drains into Lake Havasu on Sunday, February 9th, 2020, and his controlled burn should not impact the Bullhead City, Arizona and the Mohave Valley, Arizona area like today’s controlled burn did.