A brush fire that spread across 12 acres of land northwest of Phoenix not far from a populated area was contained by fire crews late Friday afternoon, allowing officials to reopen State Route 74, according to the Arizona State Forestry’s Twitter account.
Tim Eiden, a Peoria Fire Department spokesman, said that there were structures were close to the fire, which was burning near SR 74 east of U.S. 60, near Morristown.
The fire initially was “heavily affected by the wind,” and fire officials said a helicopter was sent to drop water on the blaze. Numerous ground units also were in the area.
The fire forced the closure of SR 74 between U.S. 60 and Castle Hot Springs, a roughly 6-mile stretch, according to an Arizona Department of Transportation tweet. But the road reopened shortly after 7 p.m.
The Bureau of Land Management was overseeing the fire response, the agency said on its Twitter feed. The agency said the fire, dubbed the Castle Fire, apparently started in two or three spots along SR 74, which is a road between Interstate 17 and U.S. 60 that leads to Lake Pleasant.
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