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Heber-Overgaard FD fighting 300 acre fire

Posted at 6:32 PM, Mar 06, 2016

Fire crews with the Heber-Overgaard Fire Department are working a wildland fire that has grown to cover over almost 300 acres in northern Arizona. 

According to fire department's Facebook page, the fire covered 10 acres when crews first began fighting it, however it tripled in size within an hour to 30 acres and come 6:50 p.m., the fire grew to about 70 acres. By Monday morning, the fire was eliminated to be 250-300 acres.

The firefighters have named the fire the "Phoenix Fire." They said the flames have died down due to the humidity in the area and because of the lower temperatures and rising humidity.

Officials said the fire is located in a "Phoenix park wash area" on U.S. Forest Service land, however it's not clear exactly where; smoke could be seen from Highway 377 according to viewer pictures. 

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. 

The Heber-Overgaard Fire Department is receiving assistance from other agencies including the U.S. Forest Service to combat the flames as the area has "poor access" and strong winds are making the fight difficult.