East Desert Fire north of Phoenix. Photo by Arizona State Forestry, May 17, 2020.(UPDATED at 11:31 p.m. MDT May 18, 2020)In an 11 p.m. update on Sunday Arizona State Forestry reported that the East Desert Fire north of Phoenix has grown to approximately 1,000 acres. Additional firefighting resources have been ordered, including 6 hotshot crews and 10 engines. Aircraft have been requested to be on standby for Monday morning.Despite cooler nighttime weather, strong winds are pushing the fire northeast toward Cahava Springs and Cave Creek. Firefighters will be working Sunday night into Monday morning.(Originally published at 8:19 p.m. MDT May 17, 2020) Map showing the location of the East Desert Fire north of Phoenix at 2:48 p.m. MDT May 17, 2020.The East Desert Fire has burned 300 to 500 acres near Cave Creek Regional Park north of Phoenix. It was reported Sunday afternoon east of Interstate 17 and north of Carefree Highway.A report from the Arizona State Forestry at about 8 p.m. said the fire was moving into open desert country away from homes. Approximately five homes are being protected by fire engines. Helicopters and air tankers have been assisting firefighters on the ground.The fire is three miles northwest of the community of Cave Creek.
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