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FD: Human-caused 'Stage Fire' burns near New River

Brush fire near I-17 and New River Road
Stage brushfire
Stage brushfire
brushfire near new river road
Posted at 2:24 PM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 07:08:28-04

NEW RIVER, AZ — The "Stage Fire" in New River is now 90 percent contained as of Sunday night. It remains at 259 acres burned.

On Saturday afternoon, crews with Daisy Mountain, Bureau of Land Management, State Land and Management, Phoenix, Peoria, Surprise, and Glendale fire departments helped battle the 2nd alarm brush fire east of Interstate 17 near New River Road.

Arizona State Forestry said the human-caused fire burned an estimated 259 acres by Saturday night.

Officials said an off-duty Daisy Mountain firefighter first saw the smoke in the area and called it in around 12 p.m.

Crews built a fire line on the south side to stop it from reaching a few homes nearby.

Fire officials said air operations were used to make drops on the fire and a unified command was set up.

The fire burned in a thick wash area that hasn't seen any fire activity in over five years. Winds were reportedly high in the area, causing more of an issue, officials said.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Watch video from the scene below.