Rose Fire in Wickenburg is 100% contained, fire officials say

The Rose Fire burning in Wickenburg destroyed seven homes, prompted overnight evacuations and closed the main highway between Phoenix and Las Vegas before an army of firefighters arrived to stem the flames, a fire official said Thursday.

The U.S. 60 has since been reopened.

Tiffany Davila of the Department of Forestry and Fire Management said evacuation orders for residents were lifted.

The fire burned 166 acres and is 100% contained as of June 17. The fire sparked on June 12.

"In total, 15 structures were destroyed, seven of which were primary residences," Davila said.

Davila said cooler nighttime temperatures, a rise in humidity and the arrival of about 200 local, state and federal firefighters helped quell the fire, along with aircraft scooping water from a nearby reservoir to drop on flames.

"As temperatures warm, we could see fire activity increase," she added.

The fire comes as heat warnings remain in effect after several days of record high temperatures across a broad swath of the U.S. Southwest. The National Weather Service predicts that it could be early July before monsoon rains arrive to provide relief from hot, dry weather.


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Map of the area where the fire is burning: