UPDATE: Lightning sparks Fire on California side of Colorado River

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Imperial Fire week 2

Imperial Fire continues to burn downstream on the California side of the Colorado River. With an increase in relative humidity, fire activity has been reduced to light or moderate. Helicopter water bucket drops have been very successful in decreasing fire intensity yesterday while fire crews continue to strengthen the fireline. The fire is only accessible by boat. The western side of the fire is burning salt cedar and phragmites.

Wednesday, firefighters will complete a fireline being constructed on a narrow strip of land between the Colorado River and Ferguson Lake. Smoke and flame will be visible as vegetation continues to burn toward the south. Approximately 100 acres have been burnt with a 50 percent reported containment.

The Meers Point Recreation Area is closed to accommodate helicopter operations. The river remains open but river users are asked to use extreme caution in the area. Firefighter and public safety continues to be the top priority.