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East Desert Fire

Unit Information

Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management - State Office
1110 W. Washington Suite 100 Phoenix Arizona 85007
Phoenix, AZ 85007

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East Desert Fire near intital startImage options: [ Full Size ]

The fire is now 85% contained and crews today, will focus on mopping up and monitoring for hotspots within the interior. Evacuation orders were lifted on Tuesday, May 19, at 6pm.

The East Desert Fire started Sunday, May 17, off Desert Hills Drive in the Cave Creek-area. Due to dry vegetation and wind gusts, the fire spread rapidly over the course of a few hours. The fire was determined to be human caused and remains under investigation.

Crews provided structure protection to roughly 130 homes and were able to protect all primary structures.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman, Under Investigation
Date of OriginSunday May 17th, 2020 approx. 01:00 PM
Location24th St. & Desert Hills, Cave Creek. 4 miles N. of Cave Creek Regional Park
Incident CommanderJeff Gallivan, DFFM & Joe Roznovak, DFFM IC Trainee
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates33.839 latitude, -112.023 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel5
Size1,492 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Grass, Brush, Desert Veg


Planned Actions

Monitor for hotspots & mop up

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Wind gusts over next few days

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