Sources: Mohave Valley Fire Department, Havasu National Wildlife Refuge and United States Fish and Wildlife Service (Information):
Topock, Arizona: A prescribed burn is planned on Wednesday, January 27th, 2020 in the Lost Lake Marsh area involving the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge and United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
A prescribed fire, also called prescribed burning or controlled burning, is a form of land management in which fire is intentionally applied to vegetation.
Prescribed fires are conducted under desired conditions to meet specific objectives, such as to restore fire regimes in adapted ecosystems or to limit the amount of dry brush in an area prone to wildfires.
The Prescribed Burning at Havasu and Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuges will take place at Lost Lake Marsh (near Sacramento Wash) and Bill Williams River Road (Planet Ranch Road)
The Refuge will be assisting USFWS Arizona Fire District Fire Crews in conducting prescribed fire operations at two refuge locations the last week of January. The 400-acre Havasu National Wildlife Refuge burn will be adjacent to Topock Marsh, in cattail marshes between Sacramento Wash and the Colorado River Levee Road.
The Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge burn (5-acres) will remove debris piles off of the East end of Planet Ranch Rd., 3 miles from State Highway 95 in Parker, AZ.
These prescribed burns will reduce the future possibility of wildfires while clearing land for future habitat restorations/tree plantings.
Burning operations will continue to Friday January 29th.
Access to the burn units or adjacent roadway and waterways will be closed or limited during active fire operations.
Please contact the HQ refuge office at (928) 667-4144 or Refuge Manager Richard Meyers if you have questions or concerns.