Large brush fire in Mohave County threatening more than 100 homes

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A wildfire in Mohave County forced people from their homes on Saturday.

The 'Willow Fire' started this morning in brush just south of Bullhead City. Salt Cedar, willows, grass and brush are fueling the fire. Plus, extremely dry conditions, low humidity and high winds are making it difficult for firefighters to get ahead of the fire line. 

Viewer Kari Payne sent Fox 10 Phoenix video. As you can see, the smoke can be seen for miles. Another viewer, Brandon Nez, shared this incredible video with us. That's smoke spreading into Kingman. 

We're told the fire has grown to 2,000 acres and several homes have been lost in the fire. 

Mandatory evacuations are in order for roughly 150 homes and another 40 homes are still at risk. Officials believe more evacuations could be ordered Sunday. 

Currently, a mandatory evacuation is in place for all homes in the area of Laguna Road and Vanderslice Road. Moreover, County Route 1 is closed at Plantation Road and all roads within the evacuation area are closed.

The Mohave County Fire Department has called in reinforcements from several nearby fire departments and air units are also being used to battle the blaze.

The American Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Mohave Valley Elementary School, located at 1419 E Willow Drive in Mohave Valley, AZ 86440. 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.  

Fox 10 Phoenix is following this fire closely and we will update this story as new details emerge.

 

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