"Phoenix Fire" now 75 percent contained

Posted at 9:28 AM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 11:30:16-05
The Forest Service says firefighters are mopping up and securing a line around a wildfire that burned nearly a square mile of grass, timber and brush in a part of eastern Arizona burned by a massive wildfire in 2002.
Officials said Wednesday that the fire located in the Phoenix Park Wash about four miles east of Heber is about 75 percent contained, up from 30 percent on Tuesday.
The Rodeo-Chediski fire burned 730 square miles and was the largest fire in Arizona history until it was surpassed by a 2011 fire.
The Forest Service classifies the new fire as human caused, and the Navajo County Sheriff's Office says it started Sunday due to target-shooting.
The fire is located on the Black Mesa Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.