The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Arizona Fire District Fire Crews had planned to conduct prescribed fire burning operations at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) during February, but the high wind conditions in Mohave County prevented safe fire operations. USFWS will once again try to conduct fire operations starting November 14th to until the week of Thanksgiving.
Two sub-units of cattail marsh totaling approximately 600-acres will be burned along the western edge of Topock Marsh. These units are a few miles northwest of Topock, Arizona and are located within the Refuge’s winter Waterfowl Sanctuary. The prescribed burns will reduce wildfire fuel loads and revitalize cattail marsh habitats for the benefit of waterfowl, native marsh birds, and refuge wildlife. Early cool season burns can also provide winter grass forage for grazing waterfowl like geese.
Access to the burn units in Topock Marsh or adjacent roadway, waterways, and boat launches will be closed or limited during active fire operations. Please contact the HQ refuge office 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 NWR websites at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/havasu/.