UPDATE

Wildfire on Arizona-California border grows to 1,400+ acres; 2 RV parks evacuated

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Topock Fire (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Topock Fire (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Topock Fire (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Topock Fire (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
A wildfire is burning along the Colorado River in Arizona and California. (Source: Camille Goulet) A wildfire is burning along the Colorado River in Arizona and California. (Source: Camille Goulet)
A wildfire burning in Arizona crossed over the Colorado River into California. (Source: San Bernardino County Fire District) A wildfire burning in Arizona crossed over the Colorado River into California. (Source: San Bernardino County Fire District)
A wildfire burning in Arizona crossed over the Colorado River into California. (Source: San Bernardino County Fire District) A wildfire burning in Arizona crossed over the Colorado River into California. (Source: San Bernardino County Fire District)
LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A wildfire that started about 28 miles north of Lake Havasu City early Wednesday morning jumped the Colorado River and crossed into California, but crews might have a chance to get the upper hand on the flames.

Officials said the fire has burned more than 1,400 acres. There was 5 percent containment as of 7 p.m.

Gusty winds have been a serious concern all day. As the sun set, however, those winds were calming a bit, and the flames were lying down.

Crews planned to use the relative calm to set strategic backfires to corral the 2-square-mile wildfire.

Firefighters from the Mohave Valley Fire District have been on site at the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge for hours. They first received the call about the fire at 4:30 a.m.

Officials said the South Fire, as it was originally called, began in the refuge on the Arizona side of the Colorado River and crossed over the river into California, where is was referred to as the Pirate Fire.

The official name of the fire is the Topock Fire, according to the Bureau of Land Mangement

[Photos: Topock Fire jumped Colorado River into CA]

The fire is threatening the Pirate Cove and Park Moabi RV parks, which have been evacuated. An evacuation center has been set up at 1111 Bailey Ave., in Needles, California.

MVFD Chief Ted Martin said the fire started between Dike Road and Route 66. He said the cause is unknown but the fire has been deemed suspicious in nature.

Firefighters from Fort Mohave, Golden Shores, Bullhead City and San Bernardino County are also on scene battling the blaze on both sides of the Colorado River.

Due to the location of the fire, crews from the Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Game and Fish and the state of Arizona have been requested.

There is a road closure at Interstate 40 and Park Moabi Road. Drivers should avoid the area.

  • One structure damaged by fire but not destroyed
  • Park Moabi and Pirates Cove evacuated/threatened
  • Topock Marina is threatened
  • 1 Air Attack
  • 1 Type 3 helicopter
  • 1 Type 1 helicopter (to arrive later today)
  • 2 Type 2 DOC crews
  • Several wildland and structure protection engines
  • Several overhead

[Raw video: Aerial view of wildfire along river between Arizona, California - Courtesy San Bernardino County Fire District]

[Raw video: Crews fight wildfire along river between Arizona, California - Courtesy San Bernardino County Fire District]

[Raw video: Crews fight wildfire along river between Arizona, California - Courtesy Bullhead City Bee]

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