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BLM Declares Laguna Fire Contained

The Sun

May 26, 2011

BLM declares Laguna Fire contained Source: The Sun (Yuma, Ariz.) Publication date: 2011-05-25

Yuma, Ariz. — After firefighters successfully controlled the last three major hot spots of the Laguna Fire Monday night, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management declared the fire 100 percent contained as of 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Although the fire has been completely contained, it will continue to burn for many days within the established perimeter, BLM reported.

“Full containment does not mean the fire is out,” BLM information officer Pamela Mathis said. “The area is still an active emergency zone and there are dangerous places remaining.”

Now that the fire is fully contained, local traffic should soon be allowed to use Avenue 7E, which has been barricaded since the onset of the fire. However, restrictions still apply to the

Betty’s Kitchen recreation areas until further notice.

“We are going to advise the county to open 7E, but there will still be restrictions on boats around Laguna Dam,” Mathis said.

All boaters and motorists are asked to respect the emergency area and obey all signage and barricades.

As of Tuesday, 45 firefighters continued to fight the blaze which covers 751 acres and has burned since May 18.

Multiple federal, state and local agencies collaborated in containing the fire, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs, BLM, Arizona Fish and Wildlife Services, Rural Metro, Winterhaven, Yuma Proving Ground, and others.

BLM is offering a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who can supply information that leads to a conviction of the person or people responsible for the fire.

If you have information concerning the fire, you can call 1-800-47-ARSON or visit the web site

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