Cordes Lakes evacuations lifted, crews continue fight against 1,000-acre Bug Creek Fire

Posted at 11:58 AM, Jun 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-29 10:36:25-04

Evacuations have been lifted near Cordes Lakes as crews continue fighting the Bug Creek Fire north of the Valley.

The Bureau of Land Management said some resources will remain on scene overnight, and others will return Wednesday morning to enhance containment lines.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the fire had burned about 1,000 acres, including the backyards of some homes. No structures have been damaged, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says. 

BLM officials said they are looking into the cause of the fire, which could be human-caused or possibly sparked by lightning.

The blaze forced intermittent closures of both northbound and southbound Interstate 17 on Tuesday. As of 8:20 p.m., one northbound lane had been reopened, but drivers were warned to still expect delays. Southbound lanes were reopened Tuesday afternoon.

Mandatory evacuations are in place for residents south of Stagecoach Trail, west of Cordes Lakes Drive and north of Antelope Road. A pre-evacuation order is in effect for the rest of Cordes Lakes.

Officials used reverse 911 calls and went door-to-door to alert residents. A temporary Red Cross shelter had been set up at Mayer High School, but was shut down at 9 p.m. Anyone who needs assistance can call the Red Cross 24-Hour Emergency Services number at 1-800-842-7349.

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