At 8 a.m., April 10, the Topock Fire was declared 85 percent contained and fire personnel are monitoring the fire and cleaning up. A total of 2,200 acres were burned.
The fire started about 5 a.m. on April 6 in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge within the Topock Marsh area, 10 miles south/southeast of Needles, Calif., and two miles west of Topock and Golden Shores. The fire quickly jumped the Colorado River into California April 10, and headed toward Park Moabi and Pirate’s Cove. Both resorts, as well as about 100 residents of two RV parks, were evacuated. There was minimal damage to Pirate’s Cove, and both parks were reopened April 8.
San Bernardino County, Mohave County and Yucca Valley provided 165 fire personnel to combat the fire. There were no injuries in this fire.
Mohave County Fire Department provided the following equipment: one Air Attack, one Type-3 helicopter, one Type-1 helicopter, two Type-2 DOC crews, two dozers, two fire boats, several wildland and structure protection engines, and several overhead.
San Bernardino Fire Department provided the following equipment: one engine, five brush engines, one patrol, two water tenders, two helicopters, two crews, two dozers, one boat assigned.
Yucca Valley, Calif., sent their Brush Engine 41 to the fire.
Mohave County Fire Chief Ted Martin says the fire appears “suspicious in nature,” and an investigation is ongoing.