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4/14/2009 12:25:00 PM
Ehrenberg fire burns 65 acres
A fire in Ehrenberg, believed to have been started by a transient, burned 65 acres Saturday morning.
A fire in Ehrenberg, believed to have been started by a transient, burned 65 acres Saturday morning.

Jaclyn Randall
Associate Editor

EHRENBERG - A fire in Ehrenberg on Saturday morning burned 65 acres and had firefighters from two states and multiple local, state and federal agencies battling the blaze.

According the vice president of the Ehrenberg Fire District, the fire is believed to have been started by a transient's campfire.

The fire was located west of Sourdough Rd. east of the Colorado River on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and state land.

Ehrenberg Fire Department Captain Rafael Martinez and 11 firefighters were first to respond.

Due to the enormity of the flames that spread, over 100 fire personnel with water engines, brush trucks, an aerial tanker and a spotter plane, descended upon Ehrenberg to help in the aid of extinguishing the flames.

Riverside County Fire Department sent out 19 firefighters and two battalion chiefs.

Quartzsite Fire Department also helped fight the fire by sending two firefighters.

Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT), Parker Fire and Buckskin Fire departments each sent two firefighters in addition to supervisors.

BLM sent out a hot shot crew plus brush trucks and Arizona Department of Forestry sent two Hot Shot crews out to the blaze. Each of the hot shot crews have 20 personnel.

In addition to the trained fire personnel, firebreaks were built near Copperstate, with the help of a backhoe and bulldozers from Rayner Farms and Doyle Thompson.

Blythe Fire Department was called in for standby in case of further backup while Blythe Ambulance was on standby to treat any injuries from residents or fire personnel.

River Medical treated one firefighter for heat exhaustion and transported him to Palo Verde Hospital where he was treated and released.

La Paz Sheriff's office played a part in helping to warn local residents and keep crowd control.

A unified command center was set up, which consisted of Martinez from Ehrenberg Fire Department, Gary Cook, assistant fire management officer from BLM's Kingman office, and Bryan Collins, Arizona. Department of Forestry crew coordinator from the Yuma field office.

Ehrenberg Elementary School opened their doors for a shelter in case any residents lost their homes.

After the fire was under control and no longer an imminent threat to homes in the area, the school remained open to the out-of-town fire crews to rest and utilize the facilities while meals were provided by Ehrenberg resident, Larry Pulley.

The Red Cross was called in to set up the shelter at the school after La Paz Emergency Management made arrangements for the agency.

The Ehrenberg Improvement Association made available their building to the fire crews on Sunday.

The BLM remained in Ehrenberg through Monday afternoon to watch for any flare-ups that may have occurred, wherein afterwards, Ehrenberg Fire Department would take over and keep an eye on the area for any further fire occurrences.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

Ahn fake pica buyas. This hit's about a 3 on the funny scale. So please do not use my name in vain. Because I will send one of the 4 apocalyptic horsemen on you. The one that is in charge of the STD's.

Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Article comment by: walter white

the story said that the chief said the fire was started from a transient.

tran·sient- Noun
A person who is staying or working in a place for only a short time.

Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Article comment by: sara harper

why dont any one know there was a man that was in this fire he was liveing there and it was his camp that wa set on fire when he was sleeping

Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

He just woke up from a deep coma. So he still thinks it's 2009. I wonder if he knows that we have colonized the moon and it's the 51 state. And the Beetles were cloned and are performing again, but with an American accent.

Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Article comment by: morons r us

Michael, how are you going to comment about a story being wrong 3 years later?

Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Article comment by: michael baxter

this article is all have false information about who was called and who was in charge of the fire.

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