Draper Fire under 50 percent containment
Imperial County, Calif. — A fire caused by lightening two days ago near Draper Lake in Imperial County, Calif. has reached 50 percent containment as of Thursday afternoon
According to the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge news release, the fire is located between Walter’s Camp and one mile north of Draper Lake-Imperial Wildlife Refuge on the California Side of the Colorado River.
The fire was reported on Tuesday, Sept, 12 at 10 a.m. PST. Presently, the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge reports that the total perimeter of the fire is approximately 876 acres.
Agencies that are involved in the suppression of the fire include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Imperial County Fire and Arizona Department of Forestry.
Resources available to battle the fire include four engines, one bulldozer, two hand crews, four fire boats and ten overhead personnel. Currently, the fire is at 50 percent containment, the release shows.
Resources and structures threatened by the fire include the community of Watler’s Camp. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report states that a “dozer” line was constructed to protect these and other structures.
Primarily, fire containment efforts are along the northern portion of the fire near Walter’s Camp.
The news release showed that a hand line has been put in place on the southern flank of the fire, and the rate of spread has stopped.
Mop-up operations are occurring on both sides, the release states. While the western flank of the fire continues to burn, it is diminishing with less available fuel load, the Imperial National Refuge reports.
Spot fires have occurred on such areas as the Arizona Side of the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge. Fire behavior is listed by the refufge as moderate to extreme. No injuries have been reported. Vegetation in the area is primarily salt and cedar phragmites.
The Imperial National Wildlife Refuge news release states that the river remains open but river users are asked to use extreme caution in the area.
The Imperial National Wildlife Refuge can be reached by calling (928) 783-3371. Wildlife