The fire is now 85% contained and crews today, will focus on mopping up and monitoring for hotspots within the interior. Evacuation orders were lifted on Tuesday, May 19, at 6pm.
The East Desert Fire started Sunday, May 17, off Desert Hills Drive in the Cave Creek-area. Due to dry vegetation and wind gusts, the fire spread rapidly over the course of a few hours. The fire was determined to be human caused and remains under investigation.
Crews provided structure protection to roughly 130 homes and were able to protect all primary structures.
Human, Under Investigation
Date of Origin:
Sunday May 17th, 2020 approx. 01:00 PM
24th St. & Desert Hills, Cave Creek. 4 miles N. of Cave Creek Regional Park
Jeff Gallivan, DFFM & Joe Roznovak, DFFM IC Trainee
Estimated Containment Date:
Friday May 22nd, 2020 approx. 04:00 PM
Grass, Brush, Desert Veg
Monitor for hotspots & mop up
Wind gusts over next few days
Fire Unit Information
Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management - State Office
1110 W. Washington Suite 100 Phoenix Arizona 85007
Phoenix, AZ 85007