Courthouse Fire: Crews battle human-caused wildfire burning near Tonopah

Courthouse Fire
Courthouse fire
courthouse fire
Posted at 4:30 PM, May 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-31 19:15:03-04

TONOPAH, AZ — Crews are battling a wildfire that sparked southwest of Tonopah Saturday afternoon.

Arizona State Forestry says they have stopped forward progress on the Courthouse Fire at approximately 1,072 acres and is now 60% contained as of Monday afternoon.

The fire knocked out power for an estimated 73 homes, and was later restored around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, according to an APS spokesperson.

State forestry officials say the fire is burning in salt cedar within Centennial Wash in Harquahala.

Watch live video from the scene below:

Early crews on scene reported very active fire behavior, but say activity has slowed as of Saturday evening.

The cause of this fire is now believed to be human caused and an investigation remains underway.