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Wildfire north of Lake Havasu at 1,200 acres

Posted at 8:12 AM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 08:07:38-04

Officials from Arizona and California say a suspicious, growing wildfire started overnight along the Arizona-California border.

As of Wednesday around noon, the "Topock Fire" (also being called Pirate Incident and the South Fire),  burning south of Topock and northwest of Lake Havasu City, has burned about 1,200 acres in both Arizona and California. 

The Bureau of Land Management in Arizona said the fire originated in Arizona. 

As of the last update form officials, the fire is at 5% containment.

Mohave Valley Fire District said firefighters first responded to the fire around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday after receiving reports about a fire in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

Flames reportedly started in Arizona, between Dike Road and Route 66, and winds pushed them across the Colorado River into California, Mohave Valley Fire says.

San Bernardino County Fire tweeted that structures are threatened. Mohave Valley Fire says those include RV parks.

There is a mandatory evacuation in place for the Pirate’s Cove and Park Moabi recreational areas. Those evacuated are asked to head to a recreation center in Needles, Calif. at 1111 N. Bailey Ave, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office.

Crews from Fort Mohave, Golden Shores, Bullhead City and San Bernardino County are currently on scene. Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Game and Fish and State of Arizona officials have also been called out due to the nature and location of the wildfire.

Mohave County Fire Chief Ted Martin says the fire appears “suspicious in nature.”