PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A fire burning near Horseshoe lake has caused evacuations in the surrounding area. 

Maricopa County Sheriff Office spokesman, Sgt. Enriquez, said the fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. in the Horseshoe Lake campground after a generator "blew up" and started the fire

When deputies got to the scene they found several camps in the area and a fire that had burned about 5-7 acres.

Officials with Tonto National Forest asked that the campgrounds be evacuated while they worked to put out the fire, said Enriquez.

The evacuation area includes the River Mesquite campground, Horseshoe campground and Willow wash. 

Enriquez said that about 30 people and 17 vehicles from campgrounds near the lake have been evacuated. The campgrounds will remain closed as crews work to put out the fire. Access to the lake on Horseshoe Dam Road is open.

The fire's size is reported at 28 acres and it's still not out.    


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