Robbins fire grows over weekend

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BUCKEYE -- A brush fire burning in Buckeye picked up steam over the weekend.

Robbins fire is 30 percent contained
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The Robbins fire has grown to between 350 and 400 acres since it started last week.

The fire, which might have been sparked by lightning during last Thursday's monsoon storm, gained strength Sunday. A big plume of black smoke could be seen coming from the area near Southern Avenue and State Route 85. That smoke was visible from west Phoenix.

About 70 people are working the fire. That number is expected to go up to 80 later Monday, including air tankers.

Firefighters are working to build a fire line on the east side of the fire to contain the flames.

"Right now our plan is to construct a line on the east and west end of the fire and it will burn out from there," said Fire Prevention Officer Ken Shaver. "As thick as the vegetation is, we can't get people in there too close to it because you can't move through it at all."

Crews said the fire is burning salt cedar and could consumer 800 acres before it burns itself out.

The fire currently is 30 percent contained.