A wildfire in the area of the Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge, the Planet Ranch Fire, is continuing to burn, according to Buckskin Fire District.
The fuels that are burning are Salt Cedars, Mesquites, Cottonwoods and brush. According to the District, these types of fuels will produce light ashes but not large embers, which means that the closest communities, in Hillcrest Bay and Havasu Springs, are not in danger. However, there will be smoke, especially in the early morning hours.
“The fire has been turned over to a Federal Type-3 Incident Management Team (IMT) and their Incident Command Post (ICP) will be located at the La Paz County Sheriff Boat House next to Buckskin Fire Station 11 on Riverside Drive,” the District said. “The Buckskin Fire District (BFD) is working very closely with the IMT. Units from BFD will be patrolling the Hillcrest Bay and Havasu Springs communities in an effort to inform the public that they are not at risk. These areas are well protected by natural rock features and distance. The fire is expected to burn downriver to the Bill Williams Bridge. Please us extra caution when traveling Highway 95 near the Bill Williams Bridge.”
In addition to these actions by Buckskin, there will be water operations on the southern part of Lake Havasu near Havasu Springs. If you are on the water recreationally, please be aware and stay clear of fire units retrieving water.