Crews Near Containment Of Wildfire Threatening Cave Creek

May 19, 2020

Firefighters have gained the upper hand on a brush fire north of Phoenix that was threatening to town of Cave Creek.

The East Desert Fire began Sunday near Cave Creek.
Credit Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management

Crews have contained 70% of the East Desert Fire and officials say they’re preparing to lift evacuation orders Tuesday night for the more than 250 people who were told to leave as a precaution. Some of the residents live less than a mile from the flames and were evacuated as the wind-whipped fire grew to about 1,500 acres.

It’s believed to be human-caused and is under investigation. It started Sunday on private property and progressed to within miles of the Tonto National Forest.