Brooklyn Fire continues burning near Black Canyon City

Brooklyn Fire burning near Black Canyon City

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST - Smoke can be seen for miles as a fire burns in a remote area of the Tonto National Forest. 

The Brooklyn Fire was first reported Friday at 3:30 p.m. about one mile southwest of Brooklyn Peak.

Firefighters said it was pushed all night by winds. As of Monday morning, the fire was estimated to be 35,883 acres in size and 5 percent contained.

The fire is burning in grass and brush and is being impacted by gusty and erratic winds from passing thunderstorms.

Those winds caused the fire to push south and east, according to Tonto National Forest officials. Aircraft working the fire had to be temporarily grounded Saturday because of the winds. 

Earlier on Saturday, the fire crossed Bloody Basin Road, which is now closed from Interstate 17 east to Forest Road 24.

Interstate 17 is open but will be impacted by smoke.

The Phoenix Regional dispatch center said it has been inundated with 911 calls from people in the Daisy Mountain and Black Canyon City area asking if they need to evacuate. 

Anyone with health or respiratory problems sensitive to smoke can leave the area if they desire, but there is no evacuation order in place.

Incident managers are working with county law enforcement to continually evaluate the fire situation.

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