'Central Fire' grows to 4,500 acres in the Tonto National Forest, NE of New River

Fire crews are battling the "Central Fire" in the Tonto National Forest, just one of the many wildfires destroying protected Arizona land.

As of June 27, officials said the fire had grown to 4,499 acres. Inciweb states there is 80% containment.

Nearly 50 personnel are battling the fire.

The Central Fire could seen from people's homes in north Phoenix and from Interstate 17.

"We will have resources in place to ensure all structures are protected. The fire is moving away from homes," stated Daisy Mountain Fire Department officials. They said the fire is traveling in the northeast direction, further into the forest.

According to officials, the fire is human-caused.

The fire has moved to the top of the New River Mesa and continues to head northeast, away from structures. 

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