On Sunday evening, June 28, 2020, at approximately 4:00 pm, the Bullhead City Fire Department responded to the report of a brush fire burning on the shoreline near the Riverside parking lot at 653 Highway 95. Upon arrival, Engine 731 reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the south direction toward the jet ski rentals location. Battalion Chief Livermore arrived on the scene assuming command while assisting Engine 731’s crew evacuating people from the immediate area. Once the area was clear, firefighters had to reposition their attack due to a strong South wind that was pushing the fire directly toward fire operations. At this time, one adult male came out of the brush area, presenting second-degree burns on his upper torso, he was treated on the scene and transported to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center (WARMC). No further information on this subject is available at this time.
Fireboat 729 was actively combating the blaze from the river’s shoreline, which assisted in holding the fires southward progress. Battalion Chief Livermore requested additional resources through dispatch. Engine Tender 712, along with Brush Truck 716, arrived on the scene, assisting E731 to hold and contain the southward spread of the fire. After an aggressive attack, firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze using the Engine Tender to monitor and extinguish any hot spots that were found. Our crews anticipate that the area will have small pockets of smoldering for the next few days and are monitoring the situation.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Rehab unit was requested and provided support for the remaining crews on the scene. Fire investigators arrived to complete a cause determination. At this time, the investigation is still ongoing.
The Bullhead City Fire Department would like all citizens to be mindful of the Mohave County Stage II fire restrictions, which began on May 12, 2020, banning all outdoor fires, campfires, and permissible consumer fireworks on private and public lands in the unincorporated areas of the county. BCFD has subsequently instituted the Stage II fire burn ban within city limits beginning , May 27, 2020, until a determination of Fire Emergency is rescinded. This decision is based upon current fire weather conditions, which include extremely dry vegetation, heavy fuel loads, wind, and extreme temperatures.
We encourage you to think before you act and be fire aware. Being fire safe is everyone’s responsibility!