Crews get some containment of the fire

PHOENIX — Firefighters made breakthrough Monday in containing the Wildcat Fire that has been burning north of Phoenix for days.

The fire was 23% contained as of 6:30 p.m., according to the Tonto National Forest. An update shared earlier Monday contained no containment for the fire that has grown to more than 14,000 acres.

Fire officials do not expect much fire growth or movement over the next day due to favorable weather conditions.

The fire is burning about 30 miles northeast of Phoenix, near Cave Creek.

Wildcat Fire Timeline

The fire, which authorities say was caused by humans, was first reported Saturday around 9:20 a.m.

Within a day, the fire grew to 5,000 acres.

Closure orders in the Cave Creek Ranger District were issued Saturday and expanded Monday as a result of the fire’s growth. Bartlett Dam Road has been closed since 3.30pm on Saturday due to the fire.

About 300 people are working on the fire, including eight crews, 16 fire trucks, three helicopters and two tankers.

There were no immediate threats to structures and no evacuations were planned.

The public was asked to stay away from the area until the fire is brought under control.

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