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Human-caused Arcosanti Fire burning north of Cordes Junction

Arizona State Forestry officials said the brush fire has burned approximately 280 acres and is 75% contained, as of Tuesday, May 17.

CORDES LAKES, Ariz. — Fire crews are currently fighting the Arcosanti Fire, burning approximately three and a half miles north of Cordes Junction.

Arizona State Forestry officials said the brush fire has burned approximately 280 acres and is 75% contained, as of Tuesday, May 17.

Firefighters were able to secure the northern edge of the fire and stop forward progress, according to forestry officials.

Officials said that fire engines, ground crews, and aircraft are working to contain the blaze before it reaches nearby structures.

Forestry officials said Tuesday the fire was human-caused and is under investigation.

The fire is about a mile away from northbound I-17. There are no closures or restrictions at this time, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Drivers are urged to use caution in the area.

We are continuing to track the efforts to contain the blaze and will update the public on any new information as soon as it becomes available. Please check back often for the latest information. 

Head to 12news.com/wildfires to get the latest information on all the fires burning around Arizona. 

Here’s a breakdown of everything we know about the fire: 

Latest fire updates: 

  • Fire burning north of Cordes Junction
  • 282 acres burned as of Tuesday, May 17
  • 75% contained as of Tuesday, May 17

Are there any evacuations? 

  • There are no evacuations at this time.

What roads or highways have been closed? 

  • There are no road restrictions at this time.

Arizona Wildfire Season 

Get the latest information on how to stay safe and protect your home during wildfire season in Arizona on our 12 News YouTube playlist here. 

Wildfire Go-Kit: 

Residents in wildfire-prone areas are urged to have an emergency supplies kit to bring with them of they are evacuated from their homes, especially as Arizona residents are beginning to see early widespread fire activity throughout the state. 

An emergency supply kit should be put together long before a wildfire or another disaster occurs. Make sure to keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you when you have to evacuate. 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that residents near a disaster store emergency supplies in a plastic tub, small suitcase, trash can, backpack, or other containers. 

Residents should make sure they have the necessities, such as three gallons of water per person and a three-day supply of ready-to-eat food, the NFPA said. A first-aid kit, prescription medications, contact lenses, and non-prescription drugs should also be taken into account.  

Copies of any important family documents, including insurance policies, identification, bank account records, and emergency contact numbers should also be taken and put into a waterproof, portable container in your kit, the NFPA said.  

The association lists other items that would help in a disaster, including: 

  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person 

  • Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio and a NOAA weather radio to receive up-to-date information 

  • Dust mask or cotton T-shirt to filter the air 

  • Matches in a waterproof container 

  • Complete change of clothing including long pants, long sleeve shirts, and sturdy shoes stored in a waterproof container 

  • Signal flare 

The entire NFPA checklist of supplies can be found here. 

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