Brush fire contained after threatening homes in Tonopah

According to Arizona Fire and Medical Authority Division Chief Ashley Losch, dozens of firefighters are battling the flames near 321st Avenue and Baseline Road.
Published: Apr. 19, 2023 at 6:22 PM MST|Updated: Apr. 19, 2023 at 6:42 PM MST
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TONOPAH, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Wednesday’s windy weather helped fuel a fast-moving brush fire that threatened homes in Tonopah and sparked evacuations. According to Arizona Fire and Medical Authority Division Chief Ashley Losch, dozens of firefighters battled the flames of the Southern Fire near 321st Avenue and Baseline Road just after 5 p.m. Three homes and livestock were in danger. The fire moved across Baseline Road, so there were some evacuations, Losch said. Twenty-five mile per hour winds fanned the flames toward the houses, but fire crews stopped the progress of the fire.

Department of Forestry and Fire Management said the fire burned about 65 acres. Crews kept it out of the Hassayampa River. No one was hurt, and no buildings were damaged. It’s unclear what sparked the fire.