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, according to the Arizona State Forestry’s Twitter account.
Tim Eiden, a Peoria Fire Department spokesman, said that “structures that may be endangered” were close to the fire, which was burning near State Route 74 east of U.S. 60, near Morristown.
The fire is “being heavily affected by the wind,” and fire officials said a helicopter is being sent to drop water on the blaze. Numerous ground units also were in the area.
The fire has 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.
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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