Prescribed Burning

Published by The Bee News

November 20, 2023

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado River District – Yuma Field Office, is planning to conduct prescribed burning in the following areas, as conditions allow:
  • Mittry Lake Wildlife Area and nearWalter’s Camp — located about 12 miles north of Yuma, as well as near Walter’s Camp, which is about 26 miles south of Blythe, California, along the California side of the lower Colorado River in Imperial County; planned between November 2023 and March 2024, as weather and fuel conditions allow.
  • Senator Wash North Shore Recreation Area — 17 miles north of Yuma, between December 2023 and April 2024, as weather and fuel conditions allow.

BLM fire personnel will burn piles of vegetation cleared from the shoreline and roads reducing the threat and spread of wildfires and improving access for outdoor recreationists in the area. Prescribed burning may occur multiple times to eliminate piles of vegetation accumulated during thinning treatments

To ensure the safety of visitors, BLM fire management personnel will ignite the piles when weather conditions are conducive to burning. Visitors and outdoor recreationists should expect some light smoke in the area. Access to the burn area may be temporarily restricted to provide for public safety.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021 provided funding for this prescribed burn. The legislation funds fuel treatments to help reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and benefit neighboring communities.

The attached news releases are also posted within our BLM Arizona News Room: Press Releases | Bureau of Land Management Arizona (blm.gov)

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