Firefighters battling brush fire in Buckeye

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Posted on April 23, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 23 at 11:09 PM

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BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- Firefighters are battling a brush fire near Interstate 10 and Miller Road.

The fire was giving off a large plume of black smoke that could be seen for miles on Tuesday evening.

The Buckeye fire chief told 3TV that the fire would burn throughout the night. 

Crews had the fire about 50 percent contained as of 9:30 Tuesday night.  Roads and irrigation ditches served as natural fire breaks to help crews control the spread of flames and back-burns helped firefighters slow the spread as well.

The fire was far enough away from buildings and apartments that no one was in serious danger.  The only structure near the flames was an abandoned two story house that fire crews said would be safe.

Once firefighters got the flames under control their biggest concern was keeping the fire from spreading to the Gila River just to the south.  The heavy brush in the river bottom would have supplied the fire with a pipeline of fuel if allowed to burn free into the river bed.

Firefighters from half a dozen Valley fire departments responded to help fight the blaze.  The cause of the fire is still unknown.

 

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