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Firefighters stop growth of fast-moving New River Fire burning east of Lake Pleasant

Posted: 2:23 PM, Aug 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-24 18:06:14-04
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LAKE PLEASANT, AZ — Officials say a brush fire that ignited Wednesday afternoon north of the Valley is 100% contained as of Saturday afternoon.

According to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, the New River Fire was burning near New River and Saddle Mountain roads.

The fire is estimated to be 844 acres and moved quickly through the desert grass and brush. Officials say the fire's forward progress has stopped.

The Phoenix Fire Department said nearly 100 firefighters from various agencies were on scene.

An air tanker from California was called in to assist ground crews on scene. Officials say the fire threatened electrical and gas lines in the area.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital for minor injuries but is expected to be okay.

New River Road was closed between I-17 and the Carefree Highway to allow crews to respond.

Firefighters said no structures are threatened.

The fire was the first of two to ignite north of the Valley on Wednesday. A fire also sparked near I-17, causing the interstate to be closed in both directions north of Sunset Point.

This is a developing story. Stay with ABC15 and abc15.com for updates.