The#WillowFire has set the Mohave Desert ablaze, starting on Saturday, August 8, 2015 around 10:30 a.m.. It is 0 contained and burning some 6,000 acres.
The fire which started and is mainly still in the Havasu Wildlife Refuge is covering the entire Desert valley with smoke. It is more noticeable and the smell more pungent in the south to southeast of the valley. It was raging strongly near Topock, Arizona and Needles, California Saturday afternoon and evening.
Up on the hill where I am in Canyon Terrace off James Bilbray Avenue, all I could see was the haze, which was less than it was a half of an hour or so before I crossed the Colorado River to pick up some meat at Smith’s grocery store on Sunday.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is reporting 11 houses have been destroyed. Up to 1,000 homes are in danger and have been evacuated.
The Red Cross set up an evacuation center at the Mohave Valley Elementary School. Pets are also being sheltered. The mandatory evacuation order in Mohave Valley, surrounding subdivisions and areas remains in place.
Even though I am some 20 miles northwest of the fire, the smoke, the smell of the burning wood, has become so thick and intense this Sunday night, I am not able to sit very long on the patio. My one good lung cannot handle the pollution from the fire. My throat began to burn.
As I said – I am 20 miles away!
Prayers, thoughts to all those displaced and those in danger.