The Southwest Area Incident Management Team, Alan Sinclair Incident Commander, assumed suppression responsibilities on the Willow Fire yesterday at 6:00 p.m. Numerous agencies are involved in the management of this fire including the Colorado River District of the Bureau of Land Management, the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Arizona State Forestry.
The Willow Fire was very active yesterday with intense fire behavior, particularly in dense fuels. Much of the smoke was from the burning of pockets of fuel within the interior of the fire. Firefighters concentrated their suppression efforts on structure protection. No additional structures were lost.
Today’s planned suppression efforts include the improvement of established fire lines and continued structure protection in the evacuated areas. Division supervisors evaluated the safety concerns within the evacuated areas with the objective of lifting the evacuation as soon as possible.
Of particular concern is the possible presence of ash pits, dead standing trees and hazardous materials. Incident Commander Alan Sinclair stated, “In the neighborhoods impacted by the fire we want to insure that damaged infrastructure does not pose a threat to public safety. We’re working with cooperators to mitigate these issues.”
At 11:00 a.m. today, the following evacuation orders on the following communities will be lifted: Marina Coves, Tangerine Terrace, Arizona Village, Aqua View, Delta City and Riverview Terrace.
With the rise in temperature and the decrease in humidity today, the fire may again become active. There may be more heavy smoke later in the day.
Please note: We do not yet have a telephone line established. We will publish a Willow Fire Information telephone number as soon as phone lines are established.
Please refer to www.inciweb.nwcg.gov for up-to-date fire information. When accessing this site, please search by state rather than by fire name so as not to be confused by information on the Willow Fire in California. This fire is tagged AZ-CRA Willow Fire.
A Facebook page has been developed for the Willow Fire. It may be accessed at www.facebook.com/willowfireaz.