​News Update!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: A Year After The Willow Fire.

​News Update!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: A Year After The Willow Fire.

At around 10:00am PT on Saturday, August 8th, 2015, a wildfire named the Willow Fire began a path of destruction near the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge just north of the Colorado River in Mohave Valley Arizona.

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ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez broke the wildfire on ZachNews and was in the line of wildfire capturing the destruction on camera.

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The wildfire lasted for over 9 days through the heat and even a dust storm burning over 5,976 acres of mesquite, salt cedar, river bottom vegetation, evacuating hundreds of people from their homes,  and destroying 18 structures changed the lives of residents in that community.

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Despite residents losing their homes and all of their belongings, no human lives were lost, but some animals did lose our lives out running the wildfire.

Hundreds of firefighters from as far away as Phoenix, Arizona and Imperial County, California responded to help and battling the wildfire which remains under Investigation and despite initially calling the cause of the wildfire towards lightning from a thunderstorm that occurred 2 days in the area.

A year after a wildlife blew a path the destruction across a community, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez takes you back to where the Willow Fire destroyed and change lives along a small residential street in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

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On Tuesday, August 9th, 2016, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez spoke to Terry “Tigger” King and his wife Cheryl King about the Willow Fire that started on Saturday, August 8th, 2015. 

Terry “Tigger” King and his wife Cheryl King talk about what happened that day the wildfire went through their property and their neighborhood along Cheyenne Drive in Mohave Valley, Arizona burning their home and belongings as well as their neighbor’s property and belongings too.

Terry “Tigger” King and his wife Cheryl King then gave an update about what has happened in the last year with cleanup and the rebuilding efforts as well as the status of an eagle statue that despite being partially damaged on the wing during the Willow Fire, continued to soar strongly bringing hope to residents in the neighborhood and their community.

In video 2, Terry “Tigger” King and his wife Cheryl King talk about their neighbors along Cheyenne Drive in Mohave Valley, Arizona who also lost their home and belongings in the Willow Fire.

Terry “Tigger” King and his wife Cheryl King then talks about what hasn’t been done yet in their community and what problems remain, and what is being done and continuing to be done so that the community is better ready for any disasters. 

Terry “Tigger” King and his wife Cheryl King also talks about how the neighbors that are no longer there and would like them to come back.

Terry “Tigger” King and his wife Cheryl King hope that those neighbors that are no longer there can come to their annual New Years Eve event in late December 2016 as well as the many first respondents, law enforcement officers and deputies, and volunteers come too so to give thanks for all their hard work during the Willow Fire.

Terry “Tigger” King and his wife Cheryl King thanked to the many First Responders who came out to battle wildfire as well as to the many people who raise money to help residents affected by the Willow Fire showing that the human spirit of kindness and giving is still alive along the Colorado River Tri-State area.

Thanks Terry “Tigger” King and his wife Cheryl King for speaking to ZachNews.

** Stay Strong and United Mohave Valley, Arizona. **

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