Fire triggers evacuation of 150 houses near Bullhead City, AZ .

MOHAVE VALLEY, AZ (FOX5) –

A large wildfire has caused 150 homes to be evacuated in Mohave Valley, AZ. The fire triggered in a wildlife refuge Saturday early morning and has actually been called the Willow Fire.

Mohave Valley is simply south of Bullhead City and across the river from Laughlin, NV. Bullhead City and the Mohave Valley are hectic this weekend as thousands have descended on the Colorado River for the annual Bullhead City Regatta.

The Bureau of Land Managment reports the fire has actually already burned 2,000 acres with flames 75 feet high. Fire teams are producing a fire line with bulldozers.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Mohave County Emergency situation Management, have actually put mandatory evacuations in order for all houses south of Laguna Roadway and east of Vanderslice Road in Mohave Valley.

The Red Cross has actually established an emergency shelter at a primary school in the area for the 430 citizens who have been left.

Those in the evacuated area with livestock have the ability to take their animals to the Needles Rodeo Grounds at 817 3rd Street in Needles, CA.

Trish Carter, with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Department, said smoke can be seen from Kingman, AZ, about 40 miles east of Bullhead City. She additionally said winds in the area have moved and are influencing the fire suppression.

FOX5 has a crew en route and will update this story as more information is released.

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