ANTHEM, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- Homes were evacuated north of Phoenix as a result of a brush fire Wednesday afternoon.
According to a tweet made by the Arizona State Forestry and Fire Management on its unverified Twitter account Wednesday afternoon, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is working to evacuate an estimated three dozen homes on the west side of I-17 and north of the Anthem outlets, as a result of a brush fire that is now being called the Wander Fire.
According to a statement released by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Wednesday night, the fire burned in a wash near I-17 and burned north towards New River Road at around 2:00 p.m. Wednesday. Evacuations were lifted just after 5:00 p.m., with the fire burning about 10 acres. The fire damaged a home and a small shed-type building.
The cause of the fire is unknown, according to MCSO
UPDATE: I-17 SB is now closed at Table Mesa Road. All traffic must exit at Table Mesa and turn around. #aztraffic— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) July 3, 2019
Per #WanderFire IC, @mcsoaz is evacuating an est. 3 dozen homes on the west side of I-17 & north of the Anthem Outlets. Fire is 10 acres w/ active fire behavior. About 12 structures threatened. #NewRiver #MaricopaCounty #AZFire #AZForestry— AZ State Forestry (@azstateforestry) July 3, 2019
All lanes along I-17 near #NewRiver are now open. Please watch for emergency vehicles as crews continue to mop up from #WanderFire. And per @apsFYI, power has been restored to nearly all 1200 customers affected. Thank you for your patience. #AZForestry #AZFire @ArizonaDOT— AZ State Forestry (@azstateforestry) July 4, 2019