Arizona East Desert Fire 100% Contained

Wildfire is believed to be human-caused

 

 

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. (AP) — A brush fire that threatened dozens of homes and caused temporary evacuations is now 100% contained.

The fire burned a little over 2 square miles (6 square kilometers) near Cave Creek, a community about 33 miles north of Phoenix.

More than 130 homes were temporarily evacuated Monday as a precaution with some of the homes less than a mile from the fire.

The fire, which is under investigation and believed to be human-caused, started Sunday.

Winds picked up, causing fire to spread through a green space, into the desert, over a mountain and toward neighborhoods.

Authorities said another complicating factor was the density of vegetation, which had grown significantly thicker due to heavy rains last year.

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