News Update!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: A community rises from the ashes of the “Willow Fire” to celebrate the New Year 2016.
A community hit hard by the devastating Willow Fire got to celebrate the welcoming in of the New Year 2016 during a New Year’s Eve Celebration held on Thursday, December 31st, 2015 in Mohave Valley, Arizona.
Over 50 people braved the cold and windy conditions to come together to attend the New Year’s Eve Celebration to enjoy great music, fellowship, horseshoe games, and delicious food at a non alcohol and family friendly celebration.
Terry “Tigger” King and his wife Cheryl King put together the New Year’s Eve Celebration, their 16th event, on their residential property where their home and belongings were lost in the “Willow Fire” which started on Saturday, August 8th, 2015, lasted for 9 days, burned a total of 5,976 acres, and destroyed at least 18 structures changing the lives of many residents who lost their homes and everything they had.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez broadcast live the New Year’s Eve Celebration on the new ZachNews on Periscope page and recorded the New Year’s Eve Celebration for ZachNews on YouTube.
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The New Year’s Eve Celebration was a happy and joyful celebration even, but the event also had some touching moments remember the destruction left behind by of the “Willow Fire”.
The burned trees, ash, and destruction still remain in some areas along Cheyenne Drive in Mohave Valley, Arizona.
Some residents, like Terry “Tigger” King and his wife Cheryl King, continue slowly to clean up and rebuild their lives from the lost of their home and belongings by the “Willow Fire”, but other residents have not returned to the devastation from the “Willow Fire”.
Chelsea Lyn King, daughter to Terry “Tigger” King and his wife Cheryl King, sang a touching and tearful song speaking of the ashes left behind from the “Willow Fire” which remains all around the area and were blowing around in the outside the tent in the dark and cold night.
Chelsea Lyn King, who attends the Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon and is a music major, spoke to ZachNews about her song and how she felt putting this song together.
Later, a joyful band from Praise Chapel in Bulkhead City, Arizona performed some wonderful uplifting music which bought applause from everybody and smiles from children.
As the uplifting singing continued, people enjoyed an assortment of delicious food which included hot chili, soup, appetizers, tamales, and hot chocolate under heaters keeping everybody nice and warm.
Terry “Tigger” King and his wife Cheryl King began counting down to New Year 2016 for Arizona and as everybody cheered the arrival of the New Year 2016, Terry “Tigger” King and his wife Cheryl King shared a kiss and closed the Celebration with a prayer for the New Year 2016.
At the end of the New Year’s Eve Celebration, this community family had fun and are hopeful that this community will continue to rise from the ashes of the Willow Fire.
May we never forget the people who lost everything in the “Willow Fire” and may they always stay strong and united Mohave Valley, Arizona.
**** ZachNews has the lasted information regarding the aftermath, clean up, and rebuilding of a community hit by the “Willow Fire” later on ZachNews. ****