A large fire that started in Arizona has spread across the Colorado River into California. It's being called the Topock Fire where it burns in Arizona, and the Pirate Fire in California. The wildfire is threatening popular boating areas located near Needles, California and has caused the closure of Highway 40. According to news reports, the fire began in the Lake Havasu Wildlife refuge, which spans both states, and has continued to burn across the Colorado River, fanned by gusting winds.
RV parks and popular boating resorts were evacuated due to the fire. Some damage to a structure in a resort called the Pirate’s Cove occurred due to embers igniting the roofing material (reportedly made of straw).
According to the San Bernardino County Fire Twitter feed, requests for information from the media should be made to fire PIO Mike Reichling at the US Bureau of Land Management.
I called Mike to see what he had to say about being prepared for wildfire season. He said, “The number one thing is to have your 72-hour kit ready for evacuation described on ready.gov; and Firewise your property because of all the firebrands.”