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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Laguna fire updates

 Laguna Fire Continues Burning North of Yuma, Illegal Campfires Causing
                           Additional Threats

Yuma, Ariz. -  Fire fighters continue securing fire line on the 751- acre
Laguna Fire along the Colorado River about 15 miles north of Yuma, Ariz.

     Fire fighters worked Friday night patrolling and monitoring the

Laguna Fire.  The acreage burned is holding at 751 acres and is 70%

contained with full containment May 23, 2011.  Smokey conditions will

continue the next few days as piles burn inside the fire.

     “We’re making good progress on the Laguna Fire, but illegal campfires

nearby are posing a serious threat,” said BLM Colorado River District Fire

Management Officer Mike Trent. “Our night patrols encountered 5 campers

with illegal campfires.  We’re in Fire Restrictions now and campfires are

only allowed in developed recreation areas using agency installed fire

rings.  The last thing we need now is a new fire within a fire.”

     Trent continued, “Yuma County closed the #E7 Road to Mittry Lake and

Laguna Dam – and people are driving around the barricade and impeding fire

vehicle traffic.  The closure is being enforced this weekend.  In addition,

boaters are approaching the helicopters while they dip water bucks in

Mittry Lake to drop on the fire hotspots.  It’s creating a very dangerous

situation – both for the boaters and the helicopters.  We realize it’s a

beautiful weekend, but we’re asking the public to please stay out of the

area for the next couple days while we get the fire wrapped up and all the

equipment moved out.”

     Arizona Type III Incident Management Team (Morrison) is continuing to

manage the Laguna Fire.  Today, 60 fire fighters are using engines, two

helicopters, and two fire boats to pump water directly on hotspots, are

secure fire line.

     Fire fighters continued water drops today using two helicopters,

using two fire boats to pump water directly on the flames, dozer work, and

hand crews building fire line.

     Suppressing the Laguna Fire has been a major interagency cooperative

effort including engines and crews from the Rural/Metro, Department of

Corrections, Imperial County, and Yuma Proving Grounds Fire Departments ;

and crews from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service,

and Bureau of Land Management.

     The Laguna Fire was reported May 18 and appears to be human caused

and is under investigation.

     All fire fighting agencies in southern Arizona want to remind people

that Fire Restrictions are in effect and ask people to be careful outdoors.

The restrictions will continue until conditions warrant rescinding.

       For fire restriction information in Arizona and New Mexico:
                     Call Toll Free: 1-877-864-6985
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