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Fire burns near California, Arizona border

Posted at 9:12 PM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 00:12:57-04

Crews are fighting a wildfire Wednesday on the California-Arizona border that has burned more than 1,400 acres so far.

Mohave Valley Fire District said firefighters first responded to the fire around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday after receiving reports about a fire in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

One family was woken up at 6 a.m. by evacuations as the Topock Fire burned out of control, sending black smoke into the sky.

"We were woken up by the sheriffs coming through the park, with their chirping sirens, on their PA system," said resident Tammy Miledi. "Saying there's a fire you must evacuate quickly."

She said she had 3 minutes to grab what she could before leaving her home.

Firefighters said the suspicious fire started in Mohave County, jumped the river and started burning through the brush in California near Needles.