Containment grows on 2 lightning-caused wildfires east of Phoenix area

Aug 24, 2020, 4:00 PM | Updated: Aug 25, 2020, 7:42 am
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PHOENIX – Evacuation orders were lifted Monday as containment grew on two wildfires sparked by lightning east of the Phoenix area.

Residents in communities along State Route 188 southeast of Roosevelt Lake were allowed to return home as containment of the Salt Fire increased to 57%. Containment was 20% contained a day earlier.

The Salt Fire, which was caused by lightning, has consumed just over 20,000 acres but hasn’t changed in size significantly since Friday.

The Griffin Fire, the name being used for two fires that merged north of Globe in the Apache Mountains, expanded by about 6,000 acres overnight, but containment went from 0% to 33%.

The lightning-caused Griffin Fire has consumed about 33,000 acres.

The Constellation Fire is active on the other side of the Valley northeast of Wickenburg, having burned more than 12,252 acres with 68% containment as of Monday.

Castle Hot Springs Road into Castle Creek is closed because of the Constellation Fire, which was sparked by a lightning strike.

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Containment grows on 2 lightning-caused wildfires east of Phoenix area