News Update!!: Topock, AZ: Latest Information: Beale Fire burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

News Update!!: Topock, AZ: Latest Information: Beale Fire burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

ZachNews has the latest information on the Beale Fire burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge just west of Topock, Arizona.

**** As of 9:00am PT/MST on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017: ****

No reports of any flare ups or lightning causing any new fires in the area of the Beale Fire.

The Beale Fire appears to be contained and no longer burning.

**** As of 7:12pm PT/MST on Monday, July 10th, 2017: ****

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More thunderstorms arrived over the Beale Fire area at around 7:00pm PT/MST.

At this moment, no reports of any flare ups or lightning causing any new fires.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, crews are aware of the lightning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge area.

**** As of 11:00am PT/MST on Monday, July 10th, 2017: ****

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According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the Beale Fire is approximately 135 acres, and have 35 personnel with 2 helicopters and a bulldozer.

The first control line to the north has been completed from the Dyke Road to the marsh and is being improved.

Although the fire is not producing a lot of smoke it still has some very active spots.

Crews will remain on the fire through tonight and possibly tomorrow.

There are flight restrictions in place today and we remind the public please do not fly your drones over the fire it is illegal and it puts firefighters at Danger.

The official cause of the fire has been determined to be lightning.

No dark smoke can be seen towards the brush fire from Needles, California, just a haze over the area and the smell that there was a brush fire.

The brush fire was burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, near Upper Levee Road and the Colorado River, just west of Topock, Arizona.

**** As of 10:00pm PT/MST on Sunday, July 9th, 2017: ****

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According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the brush fire is currently at about 100 acres.

Several fire department engines and 3 helicopters are working the brush fire.

Handcrews and additional fire department engines have been ordered for Monday.

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Through the afternoon, flames from the brush fire continued to grow burning tall trees and dry brush.

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Firefighters are starting to get the upper hand on the brush fire preventing in keeping the brush from growing.

According to Mohave County Board of Supervisor Jean Bishop, possible lightning from Saturday night’s thunderstorms storms has ignited the brush fire.

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The Mohave Valley Fire Department is asking all bystanders to please stay clear of the area and remind the public that it’s against the law to fly drone aircraft over a brush fire, and there will be a temporary flight restriction issued for Monday.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, we did have a drone fly over the fire today and stop derriere operations for approximately a half an hour.

This drone was launched from a boat on the Colorado River. Drones are a hazard to aircraft that are working the fire and firefighter safety.

 

**** As of 4:00pm PT/MST on Sunday, July 9th, 2017: ****

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According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the brush fire along Upper Levee Road is approximately 25 acres and has entered the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

No structures or neighborhoods threatened, and at this moment, no evacuations have been ordered.

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Flames from the brush fire continued to grow burning tall trees and dry brush.

Multiple fire department agencies battling the brush fire as well as water dropping helicopters.

 

**** As of 3:22pm PT/MST on Sunday, July 9th, 2017: ****

A brush fire is burning near the Colorado River just west of Topock, Arizona.

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The brush fire was spotted at around 3:21pm PT on Sunday, July 9th, 2017.

 

 

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The brush fire is on the Arizona side of the Colorado River and has not jumped the Colorado River.

Flames were seen from along the Colorado River and even from Interstate 40.

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Boaters enjoying the Colorado River watch the flames and smoke from the brush fire.

People were seen pulling onto Five Mile Road off Interstate 40 watching the brush fire.

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Dark smoke can be seen for miles, including from from Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona.

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There are no structures or neighborhoods near by the brush fire.

At this moment, the cause of the brush fire is unknown.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this breaking news story. **

**** ZachNews wants to give a special thanks to Trina Funderburg, Caden Funderburg, Boz Brown, and Timothy Terral for helping ZachNews on reporting of the brush fire. ****

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