Cactus Fire update: Fire is fully contained

Posted at 10:23 AM, May 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-02 02:04:34-04

Authorities say a brush fire that closed a highway on the Phoenix metro area's eastern outskirts for several days last week is now fully contained Monday. Firefighters continue to be released to their regular duties.

PHOTOS: Cactus Fire burning north of Mesa

Tonto National Forest officials say the perimeter of the fire that burned about a square mile of brush along the Salt River bottom about four miles northeast of Mesa was 85 percent contained as of late Sunday night, and officially became fully contained Monday afternoon after mop-up duty.

The Bush Highway reopened Friday after being closed earlier in week.

The fire's cause is under investigation.