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Wildfire burning through grass, brush in northwest Maricopa County

May 30, 2019, 6:18 PM | Updated: Jun 18, 2019, 12:14 pm
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(Twitter Photo/@azstateforestry)
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PHOENIX – A wildfire that broke out in northwest Maricopa County on Thursday spread to 2,500 acres, burning through grass and brush, authorities said.

The White Wing Fire started about 7 miles east of Wittmann and was moving north toward State Route 74, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

The fire didn’t grow overnight as firefighters conducted burnout operations, and it was 10% contained by Friday morning. Containment was up to 60% by mid-afternoon.

By around 3 p.m. Thursday, about 75 personnel had been assigned in attempts to contain the fire.

There was no indication any structures or roads were in danger.

However, crews have had to tell people entering the fire area to leave because of safety concerns.

State fire officials have been concerned about elevated risks this season following heavier than usual rains in the winter and spring.

As the heavy vegetation from the rainfall dries out, it becomes potential fuel for wildfires.

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Wildfire burning through grass, brush in northwest Maricopa County