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Wildcat Fire Grows to About 5,000 Acres, Causes Road Closures Near Lake Bartlett

(Tonto National Forest photo)

A new wildfire broke out northeast of Cave Creek and is estimated at 5,000 acres.

It has been called the Wild fire and was first reported at 9:20 a.m. Saturday.

According to a statement, Geronimo and Prescott featured crewsAir tankers and a helicopter have been ordered to fight the fire.

Scottsdale Fire also helped contain the fire.

The parties were being escorted out of Lake Bartlett to safety as the unpredictability of the fire threatened people in the area.

Roads were closed near the intersection of Horseshoe Dam and Bartlett Dam roads as officials declared the fire burning on both sides of Bartlett Dam Road.

Arizona Department of Transportation cameras captured the fire from nearly 20 miles away.

(Maricopa County Supervisor Photo)

Map of where the fire is: