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Wander Fire: 100 percent contained, evacuations lifted in New River

Posted: 2:30 PM, Jul 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-04 01:32:31-04
Brush fire I-17 near New River 7-3

NEW RIVER, AZ — Crews say they have completely contained the 10.5-acre "Wander Fire" that sparked in northern Maricopa County on Wednesday.

Both north and southbound lanes of I-17 were closed at New River for several hours, though all lanes were back open around 5 p.m.

Officials say Maricopa County deputies delivered mandatory evacuation notices to about a dozen homes on the west side of the interstate. Those evacuated were allowed to return just before 6 p.m., according to MCSO.

Officials say they have no plans to cancel the fireworks show planned for Wednesday night in nearby Anthem.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.