|This photo provided by the Mohave Valley Fire District shows a fast|
moving brush fire in Mohave Valley, Ariz., on Wednesday April 6, 2016.
(Photo: Aossciated Press)
I woke up and read the News headlines in today's online San Diego Union Tribune about the potential for major fire hazard this year in San Diego County in California where El Nino didn't exactly go so well in SoCall as Scientists had predicted. The journalist mentioned how rains which brought averages to normal did nothing but make the brush wet and annual weeds grow big everywhere. This was followed by my reading updates on the Oklahoma/Kansa fire which is still going. But then there was yet another massive fire in the news and it was a desert wildfire at Topock Arizona which started early in the morning and jumped across the wide and wet Colorado River to the California side. Temps were in the 90s F (30s C), but winds were only 10 to 15 mph. Not exactly Santa Ana huricane type winds, but then fire also creates it's own wind storms within. Still, jumping the wide Colorado is incredible. Here are some pics below of the 1,438 acre wildfire.
|A wildfire flareup near Needles, Calif. on Wednesday. |
San Bernardino County Fire Department photo via the
These falmes are huge and burning in almost strictly moncultured invasive Tamarisk forests which have pushed out all other native vegetation along both sides of the Colorado River and backwater lagoons. For over two decades when I worked down in both Imperial and Coachella Valleys and also along the Colorado River at Yuma AZ and Bythe CA, I would see how easily a Tamarisk Wildfire would explode in the desert and rival anything people accused native chaparral of doing during fire storms. Here is some AP fire video footage with no sound:
|A wildfire began in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.|
(Source: Mohave Valley Fire District)
This event for me was reminiscent of what took place this past August 2015 near the same region at Topock AZ and Needles CA. That fire was much bigger and had higher winds pushing the flames north through intense overgrown invasive Tamarisk forests.
|ABC 15 News|
|(Source: Mohave County Division of Emergency Management)|
|Mojave Fire aftermath August 2015|
Potential for extreme Wildfire with Tamarisk Forests
Important references and videos on Tamarisk (Salt Cedar) removal and desert riparian habitat restoration
Removal and Control of Tamarisk Forests