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Evacuations scaled back as brush fires burn near Kearny, Arizona

About 300 homes in the area were threatened
Shake Fire near Kearny
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Posted at 2:16 PM, Jul 09, 2024

KEARNY, AZ — Brush fires burning near Kearny prompted evacuations that have since been lifted.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office announced all residents previously effected by evacuations have returned to "SET" status.

Kearny is located north of Tucson and southeast of the Valley.

According to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, State Route 177 southbound is closed in the area as several small brush fires sparked in the area.

The fires have burned more than 100 acres and are burning in heavy vegetation including brush and grass near North Old Ray Road, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

Fire officials say there are a total of three brush fires burning in the area.

About 300 homes in and around Kearny were threatened by the flames on Tuesday.

The Kearny Elementary School cafeteria was been designated as an evacuation center, according to PCSO.

The American Red Cross has also opened a shelter for those in need. It is located at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints (200 Hammond Dr, Kearny, AZ 85137).

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help in firefighting efforts.

This is a developing situation. Stay with ABC15 and abc15.com for the latest information.