Willow Fire (AZ) Burns 2,000 Acres

A wildfire near the northwestern border of California and Arizona prompted officials to evacuate nearby residents late Saturday afternoon, reports azcentral.com.

The fire, dubbed the Willow Fire, is south of Bullhead City and has burned 2,000 acres so far. Sheriff”s spokeswoman Trish Carter confirmed that authorities are working on evacuating residents around the blaze with help from the Red Cross.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Mohave Valley Elementary School, and a mandatory evacuation order is currently in place for all residents south of Laguna Road and east of Vanderslice Road in Mohave Valley, according to a Mohave County Emergency Management release.

Trudy Thompson Rice, communications officer for the American Red Cross’ Grand Canyon Chapter, said 150 houses have been evacuated so far in the city of Topock. Rice did not have any additional information on the fire but stated the evacuation order “tells us it’s moving quickly.”

Rice urges anyone in the area to stay in close contact with loved ones and to monitor local news for updates. Residents should prepare a suitcase or bag with their medications, clothes and personal papers in case they are evacuated or need to move quickly, she said.

Crews with the federal Bureau of Land Management are also assisting in battling the blaze, according to BLM public information officer Dolores Garcia.

The BLM has been utilizing aircraft to combat the fire, which is currently under investigation, Garcia said. Garcia began receiving calls about the blaze shortly after 3 p.m. but the exact time the fire started is still unclear.

Evacuation orders are currently in place, but if residents believe they are in danger Garcia said,  “don’t wait to get the word to leave.”

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