Topock Fire engulfs part of Arizona-California border in flames, smoke

Apr 6, 2016, 6:20 PM | Updated: Apr 7, 2016, 12:48 pm
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PHOENIX — A wildfire burning on the Arizona-California border is so big it has been given two names.

The Topock Fire — also known as the Pirate Fire on the California side — grew to about 2,200 acres on Thursday. By Thursday morning the fire was 40 percent contained.

The fire started in the Topock National Refuge, a wildlife refuge on the Arizona side of the border. It is located about 40 miles south of Bullhead City. It was reported at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

One structure, a bar on the California side, has been damaged by the fire.

The Arizona chapter of the Bureau of Land Management said it had one airtanker, two helicopters, one bulldozer, one boat and 120 firefighters working the fire on Wednesday.

The San Bernardino County Fire District had similar equipment in place.

The fire was considered active on Wednesday. Winds from the north were pushing the blaze to the south.

Park Moabi Road was closed at Interstate 40 while crews fought the fire. According to the Arizona Emergency Information Network, drivers along the interstate might encounter reduced viability.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Dolores Garcia said no injuries have been reported, but both Pirates Cove and Moabi Resort RV parks have been evacuated.

The cause is unknown, but Mohave Valley Fire District Fire Chief Ted Martin said investigators are considering the fire suspicious in nature.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Topock Fire engulfs part of Arizona-California border in flames, smoke