CAVE CREEK, AZ — Fire officials say they have stopped forward progress on a human-caused brush fire that sparked in Cave Creek Saturday afternoon.
Crews from across the Valley responded to assist in battling the second-alarm Ocotillo Fire near Cave Creek Road and Carefree Highway.
As of Monday afternoon the fire is estimated at 980 acres and is 67 percent contained after burning through multiple structures.
Officials say 20 structures have burned including eight homes.
Officials say the evacuation area for the Ocotillo Fire changed as of 5 p.m. Sunday, evacuations have been lifted for Rancho Manana and School House Road, while evacuations, remain in place, for the area north of Spur Crossing & Grapevine and west of 60th Street and Fleming Springs. Firefighters say there are still hazards in the area (downed power lines, poles etc.) so they are asking residents to be patient in terms of lifting evacuations.
Officials say evacuation orders will be lifted Tuesday at noon.
Good news for #CaveCreek residents. Evacuation orders will be lifted tomorrow at noon. Crews have 67% containment on the 980-acre fire. #AZFire #AZForestry #CaveCreek @MaricopaEmerg #MaricopaCounty @CaveCreek_AZ @mcsoaz pic.twitter.com/E19nAulwxt— AZ State Forestry (@azstateforestry) June 1, 2020
An alert about the evacuation was broadcast on television to residents around the Valley Saturday afternoon, but did not have specific information about evacuation locations, sparking concern for some who saw it.
When agencies across Maricopa County were informed of the alert, they clarified that the evacuation order was for those in the area of the Ocotillo Fire.
If you received an evacuation notice from Maricopa Country Sheriff Office to evacuate your home if you live in Maricopa County, this was for the Town of Cave Creek in reference to the 3 alarm brush fire-You NO NOT have to evacuate if you are not in the area of the Cave Creek Fire— Phoenix Fire Dept. (@PHXFire) May 30, 2020
We’ve received phone calls this afternoon regarding an emergency alert issued in Maricopa County.— Gilbert Police Dept. (@GilbertPolice) May 30, 2020
🔺This alert is to advise residents in Cave Creek, AZ to evacuate due to a rapid moving fire
🔺Gilbert is not impacted
🔺Please follow @azstateforestry for updates
It was initially reported that the fire sparked near the 7th hole of Rancho Manana Golf Course and was pushed north into the desert by heavy winds.
Red Cross services have been set up at Cactus Shadows High School nearby for residents who've had to evacuate.