News Update!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Day 4: Latest information on the “Willow Fire”.

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News Update!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Day 4: Latest information on 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 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.

** 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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