Brush fire burns 200 acres west of Buckeye
BUCKEYE, Ariz. (ABC15/KGUN9-TV) - Fire crews are on scene working to contain a brush fire that has blanketed portions of the Phoenix area with thick smoke.
Buckeye Valley Fire Department spokesman Bob Costello said the blaze has so far burned more than 200 acres near Old US Highway 80 and Arlington School Road.
According to Costello, no structures are in the fire's path.
The fire is zero percent contained as of 3 p.m. Wind gusts of up to 25 miles per hour are reportedly helping to spread the flames in the heavy vegetation.
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Brandon Jones says the blaze started as a controlled burn by a farmer but quickly grew out of control.
MCSO units are on scene assisting with containment efforts. Crews from Tonopah, Avondale, Goodyear and Phoenix are also at the scene.
Video from Air15 with ABC15 showed flames engulfing the brush and sending a thick plume of smoke into the air.