Brush fire contained near Wickenburg

A chopper leaves Palm Lake with another bucket of water to douse to a brush fire near US 60 about 4 miles south of Wickenburg on Friday afternoon, May 15. Meanwhile, the sign in the foreground at the entrance of Hassayampa River Preserve warns of extreme fire danger.

A 50-acre brush fire, which initially threatened three homes near Wickenburg, was stopped this afternoon by multiple agencies. Crews and engines from Wickenburg Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management and Circle City/Morristown Fire Department responded on the ground, while three SEATs (single engine air tankers) and a helitack crew fought the blaze from the air. The chopper dipped water from Palm Lake, located inside the Hassayampa River Preserve, and dropped it on the fire as the fire made a run to the north. The fire was contained by about 4 PM, according to WFD Chief Ed Temerowski.

Due to rough terrain, a hot shot crew was summoned to mop up the fire.

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