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This aerial photo released by the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management shows smoke rising from the Boulder View fire near Phoenix on Thursday, June 27, 2024. Fire trucks and helicopters have joined the nearly 200 firefighters battling a wildfire northeast of Phoenix that has forced dozens of residents to flee their homes. (Bobby Ortland/Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management via AP)

This aerial photo released by the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management shows smoke rising from the Boulder View fire near Phoenix on Thursday, June 27, 2024. Fire trucks and helicopters have joined the nearly 200 firefighters battling a wildfire northeast of Phoenix that has forced dozens of residents to flee their homes. (Bobby Ortland/Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management via AP)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — More than 200 firefighters battled a wildfire northeast of Phoenix on Saturday that threatened dozens of homes and forced dozens of residents to evacuate.

No buildings were damaged as the wildfire crossed an area of ​​nearly 15 square kilometers on the border of the Boulder Heights settlement, said Matthew Wilcox, spokesman for a multi-agency wildfire response team.


On Saturday, 275 people were deployed to fight the fire, as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius before midday and gusts of wind were expected for the afternoon.

“We still have unseasonably high humidity and hot weather,” Wilcox said. “We don’t have any wind at the moment, but gusts are forecast.”

Firefighting planes and helicopters have helped extinguish flames from the skies above the Boulder View Fire. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. The fire started about 5 miles east of Carefree, just outside northern Scottsdale on the edge of the Tonto National Forest.

The Red Cross set up an evacuation center at a high school in Scottsdale, and shelters for horses and other large animals were built in several locations, including the rodeo grounds at nearby Cave Creek.

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