The Havasu and Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuges will be conducting controlled burn prescribed fire operations at two marsh locations next week. These operations could led to temporary closures of the State Route 95 bridge over the Bill Williams River. Fire operations will be conducted to remove hazardous woody fuel and improve marsh habitat for Yuma Ridgeway’s Rails.
Fire crews are planning to burn approximately 20 acres of cattail marsh at the Bill Williams River delta adjacent to the State Route 95 bridge at the Mohave/ La Paz County line. Impacts to highway traffic are expected and temporary closures of the State Route 95 bridge are possible during heavy smoke.
At the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, approximately 300 acres of marsh vegetation in the Blankenship Bend area just south of Topock Gorge will be burned in a controlled manner.
Burning operations will start on or after Monday, Feb. 3 and run through Feb. 7. Access to burn units or adjacent waterways will be limited during active fire operations. Please contact Refuge Headquarters at (928) 667-4144 or Refuge Manager Richard Meyers if you have questions or concerns.
The public is encouraged to find up to date information on refuge activities on the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge website at www.fws.gov/refuge/havasu/.