News Update!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Latest information regarding the “Willow Fire”.

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News Update!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Latest information regarding the “Willow Fire”.

** As of 10:00pm PT on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015: **

The “Willow Fire” is at 90% percent contained.

The brush fire has burned 5,976.

The brush fire started on Saturday, August 8th, 2015.

The cause of the brush fire is under investigation.

At 6:00am MST on Thursday, August 13th, 2015, Management of the Willow Fire will transfer from the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 3 to a Type 4 team, Benji Stewart Incident Commander.

The team will continue to manage this incident until it can be returned to local fire agencies.

At this time we would like to remind residents that firefighters remain on scene until the fire is controlled.

At 7:00am MST on Thursday August 13, 2015, the Willow Fire information number will be changed, to: 1 (928) 768-9127. Any questions can further be answered from.

** For more information on after the brush fire considerations: **

http://wildlandfire.az.gov

** For current information about the Willow Fire: **

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4465/

https://www.facebook.com/willowfireaz

** Weather Conditions: **

**** The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada has issued a Excessive Heat Watch from Sunday, August 16th, 2015 at 12:00pm PT/MST until Sunday, August 16th, 2015 at 8:00pm MST/PT for Southern Nevada, Northwestern Arizona including Mohave Valley, Arizona, and Southeastern California including Needles, California. ****

** More information regarding the Excessive Heat Watch: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ527&warncounty=CAC071&firewxzone=CAZ229&local_place1=4%20Miles%20N%20Needles%20Airport%20CA&product1=Excessive+Heat+Watch&lat=34.8398&lon=-114.6069#.VcxupPlViko

** Mohave Valley, Arizona Weather: **

– Thursday:

Mostly sunny and hot, high near 113*F.

Heat index values as high as 117*F.

Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

– Thursday Night:

Partly cloudy, low around 84*F.

South southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light south after 12:00am MST.

– Friday:

Mostly sunny and hot, high near 113*F.

Light and variable wind becoming south southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

– Friday Night:

Partly cloudy, low around 83*F.

Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after 12:00am MST.

** Needles, California Weather: **

– Thursday:

Mostly sunny and hot, high near 112*F.

Heat index values as high as 116*F.

Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

– Thursday Night:

Partly cloudy, low around 86*F.

South southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after 12:00am PT.

– Friday:

Mostly sunny and hot, high near 112*F.

Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night:

Partly cloudy, low around 85*F.

Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming west northwest after 12:00am PT.

**** ZachNews will be back at the “Willow Fire” area and will have the latest information on the clean up efforts later on ZachNews. ****

** As of 9:00am PT on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015: **

The “Willow Fire” remains at 75% percent contained.

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The brush fire has burned 6,083.

The brush fire started on Saturday, August 8th, 2015.

The cause of the brush fire is under investigation.

The American Red Cross Shelter for the “Willow Fire”, located at the Mohave Valley Elementary School located at 1419 East Willow Drive in Mohave Valley, Arizona, will be converted to a Multi-Agency Resource Center on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015.

Tuesday night of August 11th, 2015 was the last night it is open as a shelter.

This Multi-Agency Resource Center (M.A.R.C.) is a gathering of agencies here to help those affected by the “wildfire.

The American Red Cross will be one of the agencies here.

Hours are 10:00am to 6:00pm MST at the Mohave Valley Elementary School.

Resources to battle this brush fire includes 230 personnel, 6 hand crews, 14 engines, 2 helicopters, 3 bulldozers, and 2 tenders.

Firefighters continue their efforts mopping up and rehabilitating the fire lines and patrolling the surrounding communities.

The brush fire behavior has been minimal but several locations continue to smolder.

Threats to life, property and community resources remain low. Interior hot spots will be especially visible at night.

At 6:00am MST on Thursday, August 13th, 2015, the Southwest Area Incident Management Team is expected to transition to the home unit.

Incident Commander Benjamin Stewart will be managing the Type Four Team and the resources needed to meet the on-going needs of the “Willow Fire”.

Incident Commander Alan Sinclair stated “it’s always difficult to manage an incident where loss has occurred but the established partnerships between the cooperating local agencies and the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe made it possible for the team to operate effectively and efficiently”.

** Volunteer Information: **

For those who’d like to get the training needed to volunteer in a Red Cross Emergency shelter,

The American Red Cross will be offering two classes in Disaster Shelter Training this Wednesday, August 12th, 2015.

Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview, and Shelter Fundamentals will take place at the Mohave Valley Elementary School located at 1419 East Willow Drive in Mohave Valley, Arizona,

American Red Cross Shelter Training is from 9:00am to 4:00pm MST.

– From 9:00am to 11:00am MST is Disaster Cycle Services:

An Overview The purpose of this course is to provide information about ways participants can help their community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters.

Participants will learn how the Red Cross works with community and government agencies to provide disaster relief to affected communities.

– After a Lunch Break, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm MST is Shelter Fundamentals:

The purpose of this course is to prepare participants to assist in the opening, organizing, operating and closing of a Red Cross shelter.

**** Weather Conditions: ****

** Mohave Valley, Arizona Weather: **

– Wednesday:

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11:00am MST.

Partly sunny and hot, high near 110*F.

Heat index values as high as 113*F.

Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

– Wednesday Night:

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11:00pm MST.

Partly cloudy, low around 80*F.

South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable after 12:00am MST.

– Thursday:

Mostly sunny and hot, high near 111*F.

Light and variable wind becoming south southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

– Thursday Night:

Partly cloudy, low around 81*F.

South southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after 12:00am MST.

** Needles, California Weather: **

– Wednesday:

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11:00am MST.

Partly sunny and hot, high near 110*F.

Heat index values as high as 113*F.

Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

– Wednesday Night:

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11:00pm PT.

Partly cloudy, low around 83*F.

South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable after 12:00am PT.

– Thursday:

Mostly sunny and hot, high near 110*F.

Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

– Thursday Night:

Partly cloudy, low around 83*F.

South southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after 12:00am PT.

** Important Contacts and More Information Outlets: **

A phone line has been established for the Fire Information Office on the Willow Fire.

For any inquiries concerning the fire, please call: 1 (928) 330-3905 or 1 (928) 330-3906.

These numbers will be staffed from 7:00am to 7:00pm MST daily.
American Red Cross: 1 (800) 842-7349.

(Residents Affected or To Donate)

** More current Information on the Willow Fire is at the following website addresses: **

– InciWeb:

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4465/

– Willow Fire AZ on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/willowfireaz

The official Facebook page for the Willow Fire is being maintained by the SW Area Type 2 Incident Command Team that is currently managing the fire.

– On Twitter:

BLM Arizona Fire:

https://twitter.com/BLMAZFire @BLMAZFire

Wildland Fire AZ:

https://twitter.com/wildlandfireAZ @WildlandFireAZ

The Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN):

https://twitter.com/AzEIN @AZEIN

The following social media hashtags are being used.

#TheWillowFire

#WillowFire

#WillowFireAZ

#AZFire

** ZachNews is continuing to collect more information well running to and from the brush fire and information center area. Stay tuned to ZachNews for continuing news coverage of the “Willow Fire” in Mohave Valley, Arizona. **

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information regarding the “Willow Fire” in Mohave Valley, Arizona. ****

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** As of 10:20pm PT on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015: **

– The “Willow Fire” is at 75% percent contained.

Firefighters continue to make great progress on the brush fire.

** As of 10:00am PT on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015: **

Residents return to their properties in Mohave Valley, Arizona days after the “Willow Fire” took everything from them.

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Residents along Cheyenne Drive, between Ranchero Lane and Bridal Lane, in Mohave Valley, Arizona their homes and everything they had burn down and destroyed.

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Residents say they will rebuild and thank everybody for helping them and other residents on their block.

** As of 2:00am PT on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015: **

– The “Willow Fire” started at approximately 10:00am PT on Saturday, August 8th, 2015.

The brush fire has burned over 6,780 acres and is at 40% contained.

** Cause of Brush Fire: **

The case of the brush fire is under investigation, but are investigating if lightning caused the brush fire.

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** Damages: **

At last count approximately 18 structures that have been destroyed; that’s homes and travel trailers; mobile homes.

Utility crews are working to repair down and damaged utility poles and should have them all done by Tuesday, August 11th, 2015.

Work crews are also working to resolve unsecured propane tanks.

** Injuries and Fatalities: **

There has been no reports of injuries or fatalities related to this brush fire to both the public and to firefighters.

** Evacuations and Return To Homes: **

All evacuation orders have been released except for Topock Lake Rancheros.

Residents in the Topock Lake Rancheros will be able to return to their homes at 10:00am MST on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015.

Residents returning to their homes are asked to be careful on your properties, wear clothes that protect you, and watch you step on your properties for stump holes from mesquite and salt cedar that were burned in the brush fire; use caution when you’re walking.

Hazard mitigation efforts continued in Topock Lake Rancheros area as firefighters are working to resolve several concerns including weakened hazard trees, potential hazardous materials, stump holes and unmarked septic tanks.

** Emergency Shelter: **

The emergency shelter is still and will remain open at the Mohave Valley Elementary School located at 1419 East Willow Drive in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

Families looking for their loved ones can come back and volunteers can help those families find their loved ones.

Volunteers can stop by and see if they need any more volunteers.

** Road Closures: **

County Route 1 (Courtwright Road) between Aquarius and Golden Shores; traffic is only for fire department vehicles as well as utility equipment vehicles only,

Plantation Road from Mountain View Road to the brush fire.

Vanderslice Road between Plantation Road and County Route 1 (Courtwright Road).

** Weather Report from the National Weather Service: **

> Mohave Valley, Arizona Weather:

– Tuesday:

Mostly sunny and hot, high near 107*F.

South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

– Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 80*F.

Southeast wind 5 to 11 mph.

– Wednesday:

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11:00am MST.

Partly sunny and hot, high near 107*F.

Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

– Wednesday Night:

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11:00pm MST.

Partly cloudy, low around 81*F.

South wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

> Needles, California Weather:

– Tuesday:

Mostly sunny and hot, high near 106*F.

Light south wind increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the morning.

Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.

– Tuesday Night:

Partly cloudy, low around 81*F.

South wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light south southwest after 12:00am PT.

– Wednesday:

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11:00am PT.

Partly sunny and hot, high near 106*F.

Heat index values as high as 109*F.

Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

– Wednesday Night:

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11:00pm PT.

Partly cloudy, low around 83*F.

South wind around 6 mph becoming west northwest after 12:00am PT.

** Personnel: **

The is approximately 300 fire department firefighters battling this brush fire as well as 6 Crews, 14 fire department engines, 2 helicopters, 3 bulldozers, and 2 tenders.

The Southwest Incident Management Team is here as well helping with information.

** Volunteer Information: **

For those who’d like to get the training needed to volunteer in a Red Cross Emergency shelter,

The American Red Cross will be offering two classes in Disaster Shelter Training this Wednesday, August 12th, 2015.

Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview, and Shelter Fundamentals will take place at the Mohave Valley Elementary School located at 1419 East Willow Drive in Mohave Valley, Arizona,

American Red Cross Shelter Training is from 9:00am to 4:00pm MST.

From 9:00am to 11:00am MST is Disaster Cycle Services:

An Overview The purpose of this course is to provide information about ways participants can help their community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters. Participants will learn how the Red Cross works with community and government agencies to provide disaster relief to affected communities.

After a Lunch Break, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm MST is Shelter Fundamentals:

The purpose of this course is to prepare participants to assist in the opening, organizing, operating and closing of a Red Cross shelter.

** Important Contacts and More Information Outlets: **

A phone line has been established for the Fire Information Office on the Willow Fire.

For any inquiries concerning the fire, please call: 1 (928) 330-3905 or 1 (928) 330-3906.

These numbers will be staffed from 7:00am to 7:00pm MST daily.

American Red Cross: 1 (800) 842-7349.

(Residents Affected or To Donate)

** More current Information on the Willow Fire is at the following website addresses: **

– InciWeb:

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4465/

– Willow Fire AZ on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/willowfireaz

The official Facebook page for the Willow Fire is being maintained by the SW Area Type 2 Incident Command Team that is currently managing the fire.

– On Twitter:

BLM Arizona Fire:

https://twitter.com/BLMAZFire @BLMAZFire

Wildland Fire AZ:

https://twitter.com/wildlandfireAZ @WildlandFireAZ

The Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN):

https://twitter.com/AzEIN @AZEIN

The following social media hashtags are being used.

#WillowFire
#AZFire

** ZachNews is continuing to collect more information well running to and from the brush fire and information center area. Stay tuned to ZachNews for continuing news coverage of the “Willow Fire” in Mohave Valley, Arizona. **

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** As of 4:00pm PT on Monday, August 10th, 2015: **

– A public press conference regarding the “Willow Fire” was held at 3:00pm PT on Monday, August 10th, 2015 at the Mohave Valley Fire Department located at 1451 Willow Drive in Mohave Valley, California.

At this moment, the “Willow Fire” started at approximately 10:00am PT on Saturday, August 8th, 2015 and has burned over 6,000 acres and is a 10% contain but may go up this evening; in the containment amount.

All evacuation orders have been released except for Topock Lake Rancheros which residents in the Topock Lake Rancheros will be able to return to their homes at 10:00am MST on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015.

Road closures include County Route 1 between Aquarius and Golden Shores; traffic is only for fire department vehicles as well as utility equipment vehicles only, Plantation Road from Mountain View Road to the brush fire, and Vanderslice Road in between.

There has been no reports of injuries or fatalities related to this brush fire to both the public and to firefighters.

At last count approximately 18 structures that have been destroyed; that’s homes and travel trailers; mobile homes.

The is approximately 300 fire department firefighters battling this brush fire, 3 bulldozers, a couple of helicopters and aircrafts, and the Southwest Incident Management Team is here as well.

The case of the brush fire is under investigation, but are investigating if lightning caused the brush fire.

Residents returning to their homes are asked to be careful on your properties, wear clothes that protect you, and watch you step on your properties for stump holes from salt cedar and mesquite that were burned in the brush fire; use caution when you’re walking.

Utility crews are working to repair down utility poles and should have them all done by Tuesday, August 11th, 2015.

Video of the public press conference as well as a news interview with Mohave Valley Fire Department’s Fire Marshal Don Gibson is all being uploaded to ZachNews on YouTube and ZachNews is still at Mohave Valley Fire Department collecting more information.

** As of 12:30pm PT on Monday, August 10th, 2015: **

– ZachNews is standing by for a public press conference regarding the “Willow Fire” at 3:00pm PT on Monday, August 10th, 2015 at the Mohave Valley Fire Department located at 1451 Willow Drive in Mohave Valley, California.

ZachNews will post the video of the public press conference.

At least 6,780 acres burned.

No containment, but that may change in update news conference.

Cause of the brush fire is lightning.

At least 11 homes damaged.

No injuries or deaths.

Residents have been let back in along Plantation Road and Mohave Valley Drive.

** As of 6:30am PT on Monday, August 10th, 2015: **

– No smoke seen from the “Willow Fire” Monday morning.

Fire department crews will be checking on how much the brush fire has burn and the latest numbers of damages.

The “Willow Fire” has burned 6,000 acres and no containment.

Over 1,000 homes have been evacuated.

According to Bureau of Land Management, an estimated 11 structures have been destroyed that could include homes, but they were not sure at this moment.

Those affected by the fire can reach the American Red Cross at: 1 (800) 842-7349.

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**** Weather from the National Weather Service: ****

** Mohave Valley, Arizona Weather: **

– Monday:

Areas of smoke due to the “Willow Fire”.

Sunny and hot, high near 106.

Light southeast wind becoming south southeast 6 to 11 mph in the morning.

Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.

– Monday Night:

Areas of smoke due to the “Willow Fire”.

Mostly clear, low around 79*F.

South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light south southwest.

– Tuesday:

Mostly sunny and hot, high near 107*F.

Light and variable wind becoming south 6 to 11 mph in the afternoon.

– Tuesday Night:

Partly cloudy, low around 81*F.

South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light south southeast in the evening.

** Needles, California Weather: **

– Monday:

Areas of smoke due to the “Willow Fire”.

Sunny and hot, high near 106*F.

Light south wind increasing to 8 to 13 mph in the morning.

Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.

– Monday Night:

Areas of smoke due to the “Willow Fire”.

Mostly clear, low around 80*F.

South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light south southwest after 12:00am PT.

– Tuesday:

Mostly sunny and hot, high near 106*F.

Light and variable wind becoming south 6 to 11 mph in the afternoon.

– Tuesday Night:

Partly cloudy, low around 81*F.

South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

** As of 11:00pm PT on Sunday, August 9th, 2015: **

– The “Willow Fire” has burned 6,000 acres and no containment.

Over 1,000 homes have been evacuated.

According to Bureau of Land Management, an estimated 11 structures have been destroyed that could include homes, but they were not sure at this moment.

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Residents are still out of their homes and wanting to get important times including medicine for their loved ones and children.

** As of 6:00pm PT on Sunday, August 9th, 2015: **

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– The “Willow Fire” continues to burn again after flaring up earlier today.

The brush fire has burned at least to 5,000 acres and no containment.

Some structures have been lost, but no updated was available at this moment.

Currently, there have not been any reported injuries or fatalities related to the brush fire.

Approximately 850 homes have been evacuated.

Homes along Mohave Valley Drive, right along the Colorado River, were seen being evacuated.

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Mohave County Sheriff’s Department Deputies as well as Fort Mojave Tribal Police Department Officers were blocking roads including where Barrackman Road, Plantation Road, and Mohave Valley Drive meet.

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Residents gathered at the intersection and were seen worry and wanting to get their kids and loved ones from the neighborhoods but authorities would not let them through.

At one point, a man was seen running through the barriers and was stopped by authorities. The man just wanted just to get his family members.

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Minutes later, a vehicle carrying children came from the evacuated neighborhoods and dropped off the kids to their family.

American Red Cross volunteers have opened a shelter for those evacuated due to the Willow Fire.

The shelter is at Mohave Valley Elementary School located at 1419 East Willow Drive in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

Anyone coming to the shelter is asked to bring their medications and medical equipment (walkers, breathing machines, etc.), clothing for 3 days, and important papers such as insurance cards.

Those affected by the fire can reach the American Red Cross at: 1 (800) 842-7349.

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Multiple fire agencies are battling this brush fire including from Lake Havasu City, Arizona; Bullhead City, Arizona; Pinon Pine, Arizona; San Bernardino County Fire Department; and Imperial County; California have responded as well as large water dropping planes and helicopters.

The brush fire is under investigation, but there was lightning in the area when the brush fire started.

** As of 1:00pm PT on Sunday, August 9th, 2015: **

– The “Willow Fire” has started back up again.

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More smoke seen again from Needles, California.

** As of 9:30am PT on Sunday, August 9th, 2015: **

–  The “Willow Fire” has appears to be dying out.

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Smoke is slowly going away, but is still in many portions of the Colorado River Tri-State area.

The command center appears to be packing up.

Collecting more information.

** As of 6:30am PT on Sunday, August 9th, 2015: **

–  The “Willow Fire” has burned over 2,000 acres and is burning salt cedar, willows, grass and brush.

Light smoky sky is reported in Needles, California; Mohave Valley, Arizona; and Topock, Arizona.

At least 4 homes have been reportedly consumed by the brush fire.

The brush fire was threatening an estimated 150 homes leading to evacuation orders for residences south of Laguna Road and east of Vanderslice Road including along Plantation Road just east of Vanderslice Road where the brush fire jumped the road.

The brush fire started at around 10:00am MST in the wildlife refuge area.

At least 5 different fire departments are battling this brush fire including from Mohave Valley, Arizona; Desert Hills, Arizona; Needles, California; Bullhead City, Arizona; and Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

South Point Energy Center is not affected by the brush fire.

Cause of the brush fire remains unknown.

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**** Weather from the National Weather Service: ****

** Mohave Valley, Arizona Weather: **

– Sunday:

Areas of smoke due to near by brush fire.

Sunny and hot, high near 107*F.

Light south wind becoming south southeast 6 to 11 mph in the morning.

Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.

– Sunday Night:

Clear, low around 78*F.

South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light in the evening.

– Monday:

Sunny and hot, high near 107*F.

Light southeast wind becoming south 8 to 13 mph in the afternoon.

Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.

– Monday Night:

Mostly clear, low around 78*F.

Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

** Needles, California Weather: **

– Sunday:

Areas of smoke due to near by brush fire.

Sunny and hot, high near 106*F.

Light and variable wind becoming southeast 6 to 11 mph in the morning.

Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.

– Sunday Night:

Clear, low around 79*F.

South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light southwest after 12:00am PT.

– Monday:

Sunny and hot, high near 107*F.

Light and variable wind becoming south 8 to 13 mph in the afternoon.

Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.

– Monday Night:

Mostly clear, low around 80*F.

South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light south southwest after 12:00am PT.

** As of 3:30am PT on Sunday, August 9th, 2015: **

– Lots of smoke seen, but to flames seen in main brush fire 3 to 4 miles southeast of Plantation Road.

Smaller brush fire north of Plantation Road and east of Vanderslice Road appears to be out; no flames seen and no smoke seen.

No more fire department trucks seen at Jack Smith Memorial Park in Needles, California, but there is a lot of smoke laying over the area.

Roads still closed including Plantation Road at Barrackman Road.

Firefighters are making good progress on containment lines using a bulldozer in combination with natural breaks in vegetation.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered.

There are over 200 firefighters and other overhead assigned to the incident currently.

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A command center has been set up at the Mohave Valley Fire Department off of Bermuda Court and Levee Way in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

Even with repeated request and contacts for latest information, no information from media relation officials on the cause of the brush fires, on injuries, or damages for hours or when ZachNews visited the command center.

** As of 2:00am PT on Sunday, August 9th, 2015: **

– The main brush fire nearest to the Colorado River continues to burn.

Very little glow in the dark night, but lots of smoke over Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona.

Authorities has roads still closed east of Mountain View Road including Plantation Road.

Fire department trucks were seen driving to Jack Smith Memorial Park in Needles, California.

ZachNews is up all night watching the main brush fire.

** As of 10:20pm PT on Saturday, August 8th, 2015: **

– Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson posted this message onto Facebook saying, “The Willow Fire is burning in the Lake Havasu Wildlife Refuge near Topock. The fire started at around 10:00 am this morning. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Deputies, Search and Rescue volunteers and Mohave Valley Fire Department worked to evacuate approximately 150 homes in the Delta City and Topock Lake Ranchos subdivisions. At this time a mandatory evacuation order is in place for all residences south of Laguna Road and East of Vanderslice Road in Mohave Valley, AZ. County Route 1 is closed and all roads within the above evacuation locations are closed. The Mohave Valley Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona State Forestry Division and many of the other fire departments from the Mohave County area are working to contain the fire. The fire is estimated at this point to be approximately 2000 acres and zero percent contained. Some structures have been lost, but number of structures lost or damaged has not been confirmed yet. Currently there have not been any reported injuries or fatalities related to the fire. The Salvation Army is providing food and support for the firefighting efforts. American Red Cross volunteers have opened a shelter for those evacuated due to the Willow Fire in Mohave Valley, AZ. The shelter is at Mohave Valley Elementary School, 1419 E. Willow Dr., Mohave Valley, AZ, 86440. The Western Arizona Humane Society has opened a pet shelter. Anyone coming to the shelter is asked to bring their medications and medical equipment (walkers, breathing machines, etc.), clothing for 3 days and important papers such as insurance cards. Those affected by the fire can reach the American Red Cross at 1-800-842-7349. There is no need for donations at this time.”

** As of 10:00pm PT on Saturday, August 8th, 2015: **

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– The brush fire had burned over 2,000 acres.

Brush fire is near the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

Evacuation orders remain in effect.

Around 150 homes have been evacuated including in Topock, Arizona.

** As of 8:00pm PT: **

– The brush fire had burned over 1,800 acres.

Evacuation orders are still in effect and the American Red Cross has reportedly opening a shelter at Mohave Valley Elementary School located at 1419 Willow Drive in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

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ZachNews has learned that several homes have burn near Topock, Arizona in this brush fires.

There is reports that at least 8 homes damaged near Topock, Arizona.

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Large fire retardant dropping plane seen dropping fire retardant on this brush.

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Residents along Plantation Road are getting their belongings ready in case they’re told to leave.

ZachNews has repeatedly reached out to fire department officials regarding this brush fire, but have not received any updated information.

** As of 6:00pm PT: **

– A water dropping plane is seen flying over the fire.

The American Red Cross has reportedly opening a shelter at Mohave Valley Elementary School located at 1419 Willow Drive in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

No shelter has been set up in Needles, California according to law enforcement officials here at the brush fire.

At this moment, brush and thick trees are burning.

** As of 4:00pm PT: **

– The brush fires named the “Willow Fire” continues to burn and grow southeast and northeast of Plantation Road and just east of the Colorado River.

There are at least 2 brush fires burning in the area and have gotten close to merge together.

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The brush fire has jumped Plantation Road just east of Vanderslice Road.

People living east of Mountain View Road are under a mandatory evacuation according to Fort Mohave Tribal Police Department as well as Mojave County Sheriff’s Department.

People living east of Mountain View Road including along Plantation Road are preparing in case they have to leave their homes.

Fort Mojave Tribal Police Department as well as Mohave County Sheriff’s Department have closed all roads east of Barrackman Road and are not allowing anybody to get by pass Mountain View Road.

** As of 2:00pm PT: **

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– At least 2 brush fire are burning just to southeast of Plantation Road and Vanderslice Road in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

A mandatory evacuations are underway east Mountain View Road in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

Fire department crews are limited with the resources and are calling more fire department resources.

According to a law enforcement officer, there’s not enough resources to put out this fire right now and so we are letting the brush fire burn.

** ZachNews is at the brush fire and will bring the latest information as soon as possible. **

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