Lost Lake Fire near Blythe at 5,900 acres and 44% contained

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A wildfire burning near Blythe had grown to about 5,900 acres by Saturday morning while firefighters gained more control of the blaze reporting about 44% containment.

The fire sparked Thursday morning on the Colorado River Indian Reservation and quickly grew to about 4,700 acres late Friday with winds spreading it through the dry grass, salt cedar and other desert brush, according to fire officials.

The fire had remained uncontained until Saturday's report.

Residents at the Lost Lake Resort have been evacuated. Authorities reported that power will be restored to the area early in the coming week after power poles are repaired.

Colorado River Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs reported that 150 firefighters were at the scene Saturday.

The fire is reported to be most active on the northeast flank. One of the main objectives for firefighters Saturday is to keep the fire from crossing the Colorado River into Arizona.

A hotshot crew is scheduled to conduct controlled burns to remove vegetation near the river and help containment efforts.

Red Cross has an evacuation center at the Parker Senior Center for those needing assistance.

This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: Lost Lake Fire near Blythe 44% contained at 5,900 acres