News Update!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Day 5: Latest information regarding the “Willow Fire”.

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News Update!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Day 5: 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.

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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