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Painted Wagon Fire damaging structures northwest of metro Phoenix

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PHOENIX — A new fire burning northwest of metro Phoenix damaged structures and put residents on alert for evacuation, authorities said Thursday.

Shortly after 8 p.m., the Arizona State Forestry announced that firefighters had stopped forward progress on the blaze.

The Painted Wagon Fire about 20 miles west of Wittmann had burned about 550 acres and destroyed five structures by Thursday evening, according to Arizona State Forestry.

A “set” notification to evacuate the area near 299th Avenue and Painted Wagon Trail was issued at about 4:30 p.m. but was recalled at about 5:45 p.m.

No other information about the fire was immediately available.

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