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Quartzsite, Arizona

Friday, March 16, 2012

Senator Wash fire south of Quartzsite 95% contained

Yuma, Ariz. – The Senator Wash Fire on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land is 95% contained this morning with a total of 48 acres burned. The Senator Wash Fire is located approximately 30 miles north of Yuma, Arizona.

“There will continue to be burning within the perimeter of the fire today,” stated Incident Commander Trainee Steve Klauck. “There are still some areas along the fireline that could burn if we get some weather today, so we will be watching it closely. If the fire stays within the fireline today, we will probably call it contained this evening.”

Several campers from the BLM Long-Term Visitor Area (LTVA) were evacuated as a precautionary measure when the fire started last night; however, the evacuation has been lifted and all evacuees can return to their camps.

The fire is human caused and under investigation. “This is a great time to remind the public that fire season has started and they need to be very careful when they are recreating on public lands,” said BLM Fire Management Officer Mike Trent. “Carelessness with fire can have major consequences and, sadly, most of the fires in this area are human caused. We are asking the public to make sure they monitor their campfires at all times and distinguish them completely before they leave camp.”

Smoke from the fire will be visible for the next several days as the interior pockets continue to smolder.

Photo courtesy of Hidden Shores Village. 


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