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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Update on Mittry Lake Fire NE of Yuma

Mittry Lake Fire

UPDATE TUESDAY, AUG. 18 9 AM


RESOURCES:  There are currently 1 engine, 1 Fire Boat, 2 water tenders, one dozer, and overhead personnel totaling approximately 30 people.

CURRENT STATUS:  The Mittry Lake Fire has burned on both sides of Mittry Lake Road.  Today firefighters will work on hot spots along Mittry Lake Road and will work to rehab to the jetties that were burned.

CLOSURES:  Mittry Lake Road continues to be closed starting at the Betty’s Kitchen turn-off and opening up again on the east side of the Boat Ramp.

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UPDATE: MONDAY, AUG. 17 4 PM


CONTAINMENT:  80% contained.

CLOSURES:  Mittry Lake Road continues to be closed starting at the Betty’s Kitchen turn-off and opening up again on the east side of the Boat Ramp.

CURRENT STATUS:  The Mittry Lake Fire has burned on both sides of Mittry Lake Road.  Today firefighters were able to complete a line around the 18-acre spot fire across the Lake on the northwest corner of the fire.  Containment lines around the perimeter of the fire held even with the gusting winds throughout the day.

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UPDATE: MONDAY, AUG. 17 8AM:


FIRE NAMED:  Mittry Lake Fire
  
LOCATION:  The fire is located near the Mittry Lake Boat Ramp approximately 8 miles northeast of Yuma, Arizona.

TIME REPORTED:  August 16, 2015, at approximately 4 a.m.

ACRES BURNED:  Approximately 60 acres 

RESOURCES:  There are currently 1 engine, 2 Type II crews, 2 Fire Boats, 2 water tenders, one dozer, and overhead personnel totaling approximately 60 people.

LAND STATUS:  Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

VEGETATION:  Salt cedar, arrowweed, and mesquite

RESOURCES AND STRUCTURES THREATENED:  No structures threatened at this time. Agencies supporting the fire include Bureau of Land Management, Yuma Proving Ground, Rural Metro, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Buckskin Fire Department, and the Arizona State Forestry Department. 

CONTAINMENT:  40% contained.

CAUSE:  Human caused, under investigation

CLOSURES:  Mittry Lake Road is closed at Betty’s Kitchen.

CURRENT STATUS:  The Mittry Lake Fire has burned on both sides of Mittry Lake Road.  Today firefighters will focus on holding the containment lines and checking for any hot spots within the fire perimeter.

Firefighter and public safety continue to be top priorities for this fire.  The public is advised to stay away from the area until the fire in completely contained.  

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A fire northeast of Yuma broke out early Sunday morning 
The following is an update from BLM released Sunday afternoon:


Mittry Lake Fire

FIRE NAMED:  Mittry Lake Fire 

Mittry Lake Wildlife Area is located in the southwestern corner of Arizona on the lower Colorado River about 18 miles northeast of Yuma.
  
LOCATION:  The fire is located near the Mittry Lake Boat Ramp approximately 8 miles northeast of Yuma, Arizona.

TIME REPORTED:  August 16, 2015, at approximately 4 a.m.

ACRES BURNED:  Approximately 40 - 60 acres 

RESOURCES:  There are currently 2 engines, 1 Type II crew, 2 Fire Boats, and overhead personnel totaling approximately 40 people.  A Type II crew, a dozer, and a front end loader have been ordered.

LAND STATUS:  Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

VEGETATION:  Salt cedar, arrowweed, and mesquite

RESOURCES AND STRUCTURES THREATENED:  No structures threatened at this time. Agencies supporting the fire include Bureau of Land Management, Yuma Proving Ground, Rural Metro, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Arizona State Forestry Department. 

CONTAINMENT:  10% contained.

CAUSE:  Human caused, under investigation

CLOSURES:  Mittry Lake Road is closed at Betty’s Kitchen.

CURRENT STATUS:  The Mittry Lake Fire is currently burning on both sides of Mittry Lake Road.  Firefighters are working on the ground and also on the water to help contain the fire.

Firefighter and public safety continue to be top priorities for this fire.  The public is advised to stay away from the area until the fire in completely contained.  

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Desert Messenger publication schedule for 2015-16

Quartzsite, AZ -

Desert Messenger, Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper released the publication schedule for the upcoming season. Now it our 12th year, Desert Messenger News is your source for news, events & entertainment in the Quartzsite area.

The Messenger is published the first & third Wednesday of the month from September through May, with special monthly editions in June, July, and August.

For advertising rates and more details, visit www.DesertMessenger.com

Be sure to visit the new www.QuartzsiteCalendar.com for a full calendar of events!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sex offenders alert in Quartzsite, AZ

COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION


LEVEL 3 SEX OFFENDER ALERT

The Quartzsite Police Dept. issued two Level 3 Sex offender alerts last week pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification of Sex Offender Law.

The offenders have indicated that they will be living in Quartzsite. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from the Arizona State Prison, accepted under an Interstate Compact or released from the county jail back into the community.

The individual has been convicted of a sex offense which allows for community notification. He is not wanted by the Quartzsite Police Dept at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is our belief that an informed community is a safer community. Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate, or harass sex offenders will not be tolerated.

The Quartzsite Police Dept. may be reached at 928-927-4644. If you have information regarding current criminal activity on this or any other offender, please call 928-927-4644, 311 Non-Emergency, OR Call 911.





Monday, July 6, 2015

Phoenix Motorists traveling I-10 to CA should expect delays east of Quartzsite

Phoenix motorists traveling to California should plan ahead, expect possible delays

ADOT to start Interstate 10 pavement work east of Quartzsite today
PHOENIX – Motorists traveling to and from California along Interstate 10 need to plan ahead and allow extra travel time as the Arizona Department of Transportation starts a pavement improvement project in La Paz County east of Quartzsite, beginning on Monday, July 6.
Approximately 90 miles west of downtown Phoenix, crews will remove and replace pavement on the westbound and eastbound lanes along an 11-mile segment of I-10 (mileposts 41-52).
The work is scheduled to take place weekdays during daylight hours between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. During work hours, I-10 will be narrowed to one lane in both directions.
The speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph through the work zone. Drivers are advised to plan for delays of up to 15 minutes.
No work is scheduled on weekends or holidays. The $8.1 million improvement project is scheduled to be completed by this fall.
ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up to date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at az511.govor call 511.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Quartzsite Red, White & Kaboom! Family event & Fireworks planned for Friday, July 3rd

Quartzsite, AZ -
Red, White & Kaboom!!!

Family Fun & Fireworks is being planned for Friday, July 3rd at the Town Park Pavilion.

Once again the community will be gathering to celebrate Independence Day. Our celebration this year will be on Friday July 3, 2015.

Quartzsite Transit newly named The Camel Express (by popular vote) will be providing transportation to the activities. Please call Town Hall at 928-927-4333 prior to July 3rd to make reservations for transportation.

Fireworks will start shortly after 9:00 pm.

Activities will start at 5:00 pm and include a water slide for the kids, rock stacking contest, dunk tank, corn hole games, frozen T-shirt contest, hot dogs, corn on the cob, free watermelon & more!

All community groups are welcome to set up a tent or displays sharing their information and events.
Call Quartzsite Town Hall for more details: 928-927-4333.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Quartzsite Stabbing suspect arrested in Sacramento


Quartzsite, AZ - Roy Lee Barnhart, also known as "Waterboy Roy" was arrested in Sacramento, California in connection with the May 31st stabbing of one male and female victims in Quartzsite, Arizona.


In a press release issued today, Chief Ernie Renfro of the Quartzsite Police Department (QPD) proudly announces through good police work and the assistance of the Sacramento (CA) Police Department SWAT team, Barnhart was arrested today, June 5th, 2015, for the extraditable Felony arrest warrant in the City of Sacramento, California. Barnhart will receive an extradition hearing and eventually returned to La Paz County jail in Parker Arizona.

QPD Detectives Mike Lancaster and Hilario Tanakeyowma filed the below mentioned complaint/charges with the assistance of the La Paz County Attorney’s Office Deputy County Attorney Kellen Marlow and obtained a signed felony warrant from Judge T.W. Carnevale located at Justice Court #4 for two felony counts of Aggravated Assault with a Weapon/Dangerous Instrument and two felony counts of Disorderly Conduct with a Weapon/Dangerous Instrument. There may be additional charges to follow.

The stabbing took place on Sunday, May 31, 2015, when, around 8:00 AM, QPD was called to the scene of a fight where a male and female were stabbed by another older male suspect later identified as Roy Lee Barnhart AKA: Waterboy Roy at the Cactus Patch Mobile Park located in Quartzsite, Arizona.

A male victim was bleeding with a deep single stab wound to the lower back area. A female victim received minor cuts from the suspect’s knife. The Quartzsite Fire Department was dispatched to the scene where the male stabbing victim was airlifted to the West Valley Hospital in Phoenix with a serious stabbing injury.  The male victim has since been released from the West Valley Hospital and is recovering from his injuries.

Witnesses observed the fight between the two individuals, whereas the witnesses identified Roy Lee Barnhart AKA: "Waterboy Roy" as the person who stabbed the male and female victims and fled from the scene. Chief Renfro assigned Detective Hilario Tanakeyowma to conduct a follow-up interview with the victim at the West Valley Hospital in Phoenix and obtain his medical condition. QPD worked late into the night attempting to locate the stabbing suspect Barnhart,

Chief Renfro would like to thank the community members in advance for your assistance in the capture of Roy Lee Barnhart AKA: "Waterboy Roy."

The Quartzsite PD is dedicated to working hard to protect our citizens and visitors.
Ernie Renfro
Chief of Police Town of Quartzsite
Office: (928) 927-4644
erenfro@ci.quartzsite.az.us

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Quartzsite Summer Program Calendar thru July 9th released

Quartzsite, AZ - Town of Quartzsite hosts their annual Summer Program for youth at the Community Center. This year is jam-packed with events for every day! Each day has a theme planned with lots of brand new experiences planned for the children. Children will participate in Yoga & Tai Chi, Rock Painting, Quartzsite Police Tape Maze Race, Quartzsite Fire Dept. Demonstrations, Mexican Folk Dancing, Native American Gourd Painting, Army Boot Camp Obstacle Race, Wacky Science Experiences, Nature Scavenger Hunts, Water Fun and so much more!

Quartzsite First Assembly of God Church provides the youngsters with a meal each day. Staff and volunteers have worked countless hours to provide an education and fun summer program for the youth. The 6-week Summer Program started Monday, June 1st and runs through July 9th. For more information, visit ci.quartzsite.az.us. Or call Quartzsite Town Hall at 928-927-4333.

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