News Update: Blythe, CA: Latest Information: Lost Lake Fire.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)

Sources: Riverside County Fire Department, CAL FIRE, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Caltrans District 8 and InciWeb (Information)

Pictures: Mohave Valley Fire Department, Caltrans District 8 and InciWeb (Courtesy)

Blythe, California: A large vegetation fire being called the “Lost Lake Fire” is burning near the Lost Lake Resort since starting in the morning on Thursday, May 26th, 2022.

***** Latest Information: Lost Lake Fire: *****

*** As of 11:00 p.m. PT on Sunday, June 5th, 2022: ***

Late on Sunday, June 5th, 2022, the large vegetation fire called the “Lost Lake Fire” has burned 5,856 acres and is at 100 percent contained.

Firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol affected areas to ensure that there are no residual heat pockets left.

Motorists are being asked to please continue to take caution when in the areas of where the large vegetation fire was burning near U.S. Route 95 in Blythe, California and near Agnes Wilson Road in Parker, Arizona as fire crews are still patrolling in those areas.

Cause of the vegetation fire is under investigation.

Great work and thanks to all of the firefighters, emergency personnel, paramedics and law enforcement for responding to the vegetation fire.

 

*** As of 4:00 p.m. PT on Friday, June 3rd, 2022: ***

The latest information is that the “Lost Lake Fire” has burned 5,856 acres and remains at 95 percent contained.

There are 54 total personnel on scene at the vegetation fire.

On June 2, an aerial flight took place to review the fire area.

Very little fire behavior was observed, allowing containment to increase to 95%.

*** As of 6:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, June 2nd, 2022: ***

The latest information is that the “Lost Lake Fire” has burned 5,856 acres and remains at 85 percent contained.

Firefighters will continue to monitor affected areas to ensure that there are no residual heat left in the fire area.

Firefighters will also be patrolling the areas to make sure that all pockets of heat are extinguished.

Motorists are being told to please slow down and drive cautiously when in the areas of the vegetation fire; especially along Agnes Wilson Road in Parker, Arizona and along U.S. Route 95 near the Lost Lake Resort in Blythe, California because fire crews are patrolling in those areas and heavy equipment being used.

Due to smoldering areas within the containment lines, smoke may be seen in and around those areas.

Currently, no evacuation notices or power outages are being impacted by the Lost Lake Fire.

 

*** As of 9:00 a.m. PT on Wednesday, June 1st, 2022: ***

The latest information is that the “Lost Lake Fire” has burned 5,856 acres and is at 85 percent contained.

There are 63 total personnel on scene at the vegetation fire.

As containment improves, firefighters are being released to support other area fires.

Firefighters are improving containment lines, removing garbage generated from fire personnel and pulling in hose and other equipment.

A light helicopter is assigned to support firefighters today. A temporary flight restriction is in place over the area.

The remaining fire resources will finish containing the fire while keeping it inside the Colorado River basin, away from communities areas, specifically north of Agnes Wilson Road.

When containment is reached, dozer lines will be repaired to reduce erosion and long-term impacts to the landscape.

A transfer of command back to the Colorado River Agency will occur today.

There are no evacuation notices or power outages as a result of the Lost Lake Fire.

Cause of the vegetation fire remains under investigation.

 

*** As of 1:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, May 31st, 2022: ***

The latest information is that the “Lost Lake Fire” has burned 5,856 acres and is at 50 percent contained.

More accurate mapping of the fire area took place May 30th, 2022, and this increased the fire sizes to 5,856 acres.

A machine pile created to protect the entrance to Lost Lake Resort in Blythe, California will be opened and spread apart today as part of repair work taking place in the area.

Machine piles that are within the fire’s interior are burning down, and these holds heat, which firefighters will extinguish today.

As containment improves, firefighters are being released to support other area fires.

There are 123 total personnel on scene at the vegetation fire.

Firefighters stopped forward progress of the fire and are working to improve containment lines, and the vegetation fire is contained on the western and southern flanks on the California side.

A fire boat and aircraft are supporting firefighters with providing water to extinguish thick brush and salt cedar that grows within the river basin.

Firefighters are breaking apart large machine piles to allow the piles to cool and be extinguished by firefighters.

There are no evacuation notices or power outages as a result of the Lost Lake Fire.

Cause of the vegetation fire remains under investigation.

 

*** As of 7:00 p.m. PT on Monday, May 30th, 2022: ***

The latest information is that the “Lost Lake Fire” has burned 5,727 acres and remains at 47 percent contained.

There are 124 total personnel on scene at the vegetation fire.

Firefighters have stopped the fire’s progression and are improving containment lines along all flanks of the fire using large helicopters, heavy equipment, a fire boat, and engines.

There are no evacuations ordered related to the vegetation fire today.

*** As of 7:00 a.m. PT on Monday, May 30th, 2022: ***

The latest information is that the “Lost Lake Fire” has burned 5,727 acres and is at 47 percent contained.

A burning operation occurred overnight allowing firefighters to improve containment lines along the eastern flank of the fire on the California side of the Colorado River.

Containment improved 13% overall from May 29th, and after an aerial flight, the fire’s footprint is now 5,727 acres.

The power to Hidden Valley Resort is on, and residents living in 15 homes along 15th Avenue in Parker, Arizona returned to their home as well as people at Lost Lake Resort were able to return after evacuation orders were lifted over the weekend.

As containment improves, firefighters are being released to support other area fires.

*** As of 5:44 p.m. PT on Sunday, May 29th, 2022: ***

The latest information is that the “Lost Lake Fire” has burned 5,715 acres and is at 34 percent contained.

The vegetation fire is most active along the basin on both sides of the Colorado River.

Firefighters are working to stop the fire’s northern progression by using six large helicopters that are supporting firefighters on the ground who are using heavy equipment, a fire boat, and engines to contain the fire’s spread.

Evacuation orders have been lifted for the Lost Lake Resort in Blythe, California as well as for 15 homes along 15th Avenue in the Parker, Arizona.

According to the Colorado River Indian Tribes, the Evacuation order has been lifted for 15th Avenue and Agnes Wilson Road has been opened for use.

Law Enforcement will be patrolling in the area for security, and if you need any additional information please call CRIT Dispatch at: 1 (928) 669-1277.

According to the Colorado River Indian Tribes, the Red Cross Shelter for Evacuaees at the Parker Senior Center is no longer open.

Power was restored to the Hidden Valley Resort at 11:00 a.m. PT Sunday.

Key incident objectives overnight include keeping the fire inside the river basin, away from communities areas, specifically north of Agnes Wilson Road, safely protecting structures along 15th avenue.

Firefighters are coordinating with resource advisors to identify and protect cultural, archeological, and other sensitive sites while they work to contain the fire.

No structures have been reported damaged by the vegetation fire, and the cause of the vegetation fire is still under investigation.

*** As of 7:50 a.m. PT on Sunday, May 29th, 2022: ***

The latest information is that the “Lost Lake Fire” has burned 5,300 acres and is at 38 percent contained.

Evacuations orders remains in effect for the Lost Lake Resort community and approximately 12 homes along 15th Avenue just north of Agnes Wilson Road on the Arizona side.

The Red Cross has established a reception and care Parker Community Senior Center.

The vegetation fire is most active on the northeast flank along both sides of the Colorado River.

Firefighters patrolled 15th Avenue overnight, and there was very little fire behavior.

Firefighters are using heavy equipment, aircraft and engines to keep the fire from the Agnes Wilson Road and to protect the communities of Lost Lake and Hidden Valley Resorts and structures along 15th Avenue.

U.S. Route 95 remains open but authorities are telling motorists to please drive carefully along the highway where firefighters are working.

BIA Colorado River Electrical Services restored power to Lost Lake Resort May 28.

The company should have power restored to Hidden Valley by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest.

*** As of 11:00 p.m. PT on Saturday, May 28th, 2022: ***

The latest information is that the “Lost Lake Fire” has burned 5,900 acres and remains at 44 percent contained as firefighters continue overnight to protect properties and stop the spread of the vegetation.

*** As of 4:00 p.m. PT on Saturday, May 28th, 2022: ***

Picture: InciWeb (Courtesy):

The large vegetation fire being called the “Lost Lake Fire” burning near the Lost Lake Resort has jumped the Colorado River into Arizona prompting more evacuations.

According to the InciWeb and the Colorado River Indian Tribes, between 15 to 20 homes along 15th Avenue just north of Agnes Wilson Road are under evacuation orders, and boaters along the Colorado River are being told to stay clear of the area.

The Red Cross has set up a reception and care center at the Parker Community Senior Center which is located at 12th Street near Laguna Avenue in Parker, Arizona.

According to the Colorado River Indian Tribes, 15th Avenue is closed in the area of the evacuation orders.

The vegetation fire started along the California side of the Colorado River near the Lost Lake Resort in the morning on Thursday, May 26th, 2022.

The latest information is that the “Lost Lake Fire” has burned 5,900 acres and remains at 44 percent contained on Saturday.

Power at Lost Lake Resort was restored at around 3:15 p.m. PT.

U.S. Route 95 from Blythe, California to Vidal Junction, California is open, but motorists are being told to please drive carefully along the highway where firefighters are working in the area.

*** As of 10:00 a.m. PT on Saturday, May 28th, 2022: ***

Picture: InciWeb (Courtesy):

The latest information is that the “Lost Lake Fire” has burned 5,900 acres and is at 44 percent contained.

The cause of the vegetation fire remains under investigation.

The fire is most active on the northeast flank, and is burning vegetation including grass, salt cedar, desert brush.

Primary and cooperating agencies includes the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Riverside County Fire and other cooperating entities.

Approximately 150 emergency personnel are on scene, and firefighters are using heavy equipment, aircraft and engines.

Key incident objectives include safely protecting both the residential communities of Lost Lake and Hidden Valley Resorts and keeping the fire from crossing the Colorado river into Arizona.

Firefighters are effectively containing the fire as weather conditions now favor more rapid suppression efforts.

An experienced hand crew (Prescott Interagency Hotshot Crew) will be conducting a burning operation along the river to remove vegetation that poses a threat to containment lines near the river. This operation should be complete by the early afternoon.

BIA Colorado River Electrical Services is working to restore power, and the company should have power restored by this weekend to Lost Lake Community.

However due to damage on power lines, BIA Colorado River Electrical Services continues to work on restoration to Hidden Valley we hope to have that restored by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest.

U.S. Route 95 from Blythe, California to Vidal Junction, California is open, and there are no other road closures in effect.

Motorists are being told to please drive carefully along the highway where firefighters are working in the area.

Officials are telling the public to please stay away from the Lost Lake Fire area to allow fire personnel to safely work.

The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always our first priority.

*** As of 3:30 a.m. PT on Saturday, May 28th, 2022: ***

Picture: Mohave Valley Fire Department (Courtesy):

The latest information is that the “Lost Lake Fire” has burned 4,900 acres and is at 30 percent contained.

An evacuation orders for the Lost Lake Resort remain in place, and officials have set up a reception and care site for evacuees at Parker Community Senior Center located at 1115 12th Street in Parker, Arizona.

Fire personnel will work to increase containment overnight, and Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team will take command of the fire at 6:00 a.m. PT today.

Firefighters utilized heavy equipment and aircraft today to increase fire containment.

U.S. Route 95 from Blythe, California to Vidal Junction, California has been reopened.

*** As of 7:00 p.m. PT on Friday, May 27th, 2022: ***

Picture: Mohave Valley Fire Department (Courtesy):

The latest information is that the “Lost Lake Fire” has burned 4,758 acres and there is 0% containment.

According to the Riverside County Fire Department, an evacuation orders for the Lost Lake Resort remain in place, and officials have set up a reception and care site for evacuees at Parker Community Senior Center located at 1115 12th Street in Parker, Arizona.

Approximately 150 emergency personnel are on scene, including firefighters from Riverside County Fire Department, CAL FIRE, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Colorado Indian Tribes and even from Mohave Valley Fire Department.

Fire personnel will work to secure a perimeter around the fire and the communities of Lost Lake and Hidden Valley Resorts.

Firefighters continue to work to stop the forward spread of the vegetation fire which remains on the California side of the Colorado River.

Fire personnel will work today to keep it from spreading to Arizona.

Reports of a firefighter from another agency had suffered a non life threatening wound during the vegetation fire.

The vegetation which started in the morning of Thursday, May 26th, 2022 us being fueled by grass, salt cedar and desert bush, all in the heat.

Southern California Edison has responded to the scene for reports of downed power lines.

According to Caltrans District 8, U.S. Route 95 from Blythe, California to Vidal Junction, California will remain closed due to a vegetation fire in the area for an unknown duration.

The cause of the vegetation fire remains under investigation.

***** As more information is updated, ZachNews will post them; stay tuned to ZachNews. *****

Thanks to all the firefighters, emergency personnel, law enforcement and emergency volunteers who are continuing to battle the flames and help the community during the Lost Lake Fire.

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