200-acre Comet Fire ignites near Queen Valley

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Air tankers and firefighters were called out Saturday afternoon to respond to a new wildfire burning off Highway 60, about two miles north of Queen Valley Road and Hewitt Station Road.

The Tonto National Forest is reporting the flames of the Comet Fire have spread to about 200 acres. However, by sunset crews were able to get the fire 50 percent contained.

"It is one of those years where we have a lot of light fuels and fires get big quick so it is nice to catch one where it is small," Everett Phillips the Comet Fire incident commander said.

The big concern for firefighters were KV power lines that supply the Valley with electricity. The gusty winds were pushing the fire quickly toward the lines, but crews were able to get a strong fire line around them.

Residents watched as the smoke filled the area. Many were upset that the fire was likely caused by a careless person who ignored forest restrictions banning camp fires and shooting guns.

"It was shooters, people target shooting. They leave all their trash after they shoot too," Wesley Donaldson, a Queen Valley resident, said.

Fire crews from Queen Valley, Apache Junction and Superior fire departments have been battling the flames. 

Crews are still investigating the cause of the Comet Fire.

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