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Topock Fire Near Arizona-California Border Nearly Extinguished

Topock Fire
(Photo by San Bernadino County Fire Department via Inciweb)
The Topock Fire burned Lake Havasu Wildlife Refuge in April 2016.

The Topock Fire burning on the Northern Arizona-California border is close to being fully contained. The weekend precipitation helped firefighters gain better control on the blaze that has been burning since April 6.

Sonya Feaster with U.S. Fish and Wildlife said they are now working with the Lake Havasu Wildlife Refuge to deal with the final hot-spot clean up.

She said the wildlife refuge is also checking on the status of the habitats of migrating birds that have made their home in the area.

“They are continuing to do some of their bird surveys - just getting a handle on if the birds are still in there, if they were scared out. They have been hearing and seeing some birds,” she said.

The fire has burned just over 2,200 acres. Feaster said the fire is expected to be 100 percent contained by Monday night.

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