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Fire on forest land grows but burning away from communities

Posted at 1:38 PM, Jun 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-08 16:38:25-04

CAREFREE, Ariz. (AP) - A grass and brush fire continues to grow on national forest land on the northeastern outskirts of metro Phoenix but officials say it is burning away from communities.

Tonto National Forest officials said Saturday the fire had grown to nearly 8 square miles (21 kilometers) and forced the closure of a road to campgrounds and day-use areas near Horseshoe and Bartlett lakes.

Campers and others in the area were being escorted out.

Helicopters dipped water out of Bartlett Lake to drop on the fire as they and air tankers assisted the approximately 200 firefighters and other personnel assigned to the fire.

It was reported Friday, believed to be human-caused and located about 8 miles (13 kilometers) east of Cave Creek.

No injuries or structure damage has been reported.