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Gordon Fire: 400-425 acres, 0% contained

Posted: 7:13 PM, May 20, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-21 13:17:57-04
400-acre fire burning in Mohave Valley

Evacuations have been lifted after a wildfire forced people out of their homes Friday night in Mohave Valley.

The "Gordon Fire" as it's being called is estimated to be around 400 acres, according to Nathan Barrett, spokesperson for Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The fire is a Type 3 incident and about 90 firefighters are out fighting the fire, along with several engines, he said. It is zero percent contained. 

It sparked around 3:15 p.m. in Mohave County Friday.

Barrett said the official cause of the fire was under investigation and that a fire investigator was responding to the wildfire. Byron Steward, Mohave County Emergency Management Coordinator, said the fire was caused either by a downed power line or transformer.

Residents who were evacuated were allowed to stay at a shelter that was set up at a local elementary school, but they are now able to return to their homes.

No structures have been lost, according to the fire department.

MVFD posted a video of the fire on their Facebook page. That has been embedded below:

Barrett said wind really helped spread the fire on Friday along with dry fuels and high temperatures. They are anticipating similar weather patterns on Saturday, but will work to get ahead of the fire before winds pick up in the afternoon.

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