Fast-growing wildfire has shut down a portion of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona

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FILE - In this June 16, 2020 file photo, a portion of the Bush fire burns through the Tonto National Forest, as seen from Apache Junction, Ariz. Three more national forests in Arizona have imposed campfire and smoking restrictions aimed at preventing human-caused wildfires like a large blaze now being fought by hundreds of firefighters supported by aircraft. The Coconino, Kaibab and Tonto national forests on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 issued coordinated statements announcing that those forests were joining the Apache-Sitgreaves and Prescott forests in imposing restrictions, with the latest ones taking effect Friday, May 14. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

By Associated Press

May 20, 2024

A fast-growing wildfire has led the U.S. Forest Service to shut down a portion of the Tonto National Forest northeast of Scottsdale.

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The so-called Wildcat Fire burning in the Cave Creek Ranger District has charred about 7.8 square miles (20 square kilometers) as of Sunday with no containment.

Authorities said the fire was reported Saturday morning, and its cause is under investigation.

Visitors have been escorted out of the Bartlett Lake area, but no evacuations have been ordered. Forest officials said the wildfire wasn’t threatening any occupied structures at this time.

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About 200 personnel were battling the blaze, backed by four engines, an air tanker, and three water-dropping helicopters.

Tonto National Forest officials said in a statement, “The public is urged to stay away from the area so as not to impede fire suppression operations and for the safety of themselves and firefighters.”

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