PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Phoenix fire crews are battling a brush fire started by fireworks Tuesday afternoon in the northwest Valley, officials said.

[AERIAL PHOTOS: North Phoenix brush fire burns near homes]

The fire, later called the Rey Fire, started around 3 p.m. near 67th Avenue and Happy Valley Road.

Two firefighters were taken to a hospital with minor injuries after responding to the blaze, McDade said.

Phoenix Fire Capt. Rob McDade said two 16-year-old girls and a 16-year-old boy admitted to accidentally sparking the blaze with fireworks.

The flames were burning dangerously close to homes in the area, and crews in multiple locations worked to protect those homes.

The second-alarm fire spread up the side of a nearby mountain, with the houses below.

A second-alarm assignment means multiple units have been dispatched to the scene.

The Rey Fire has grown to 20-25 acres, the Phoenix Fire Department said. 

Firefighters said they were planning to attack the flames from the air but there was a drone in the area.

As our chopper flew overhead, you could see heavy smoke pouring into the sky as flames scorched the dry brush below.

Phoenix police warned drivers to be aware of road restrictions on Happy Valley Road between 63rd and 67th avenues.

It has not yet been determined whether the teens will face any charges, but they are not under arrest, Phoenix Fire officials say.

McDade urged the public to remind children of the dangers of fire and fireworks.

 


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