VIDEO: Arizona Brush Fires Caused by Lightning Burning Near the Valley

August 19, 2020
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Multiple brush fires caused by lightning strikes have taken over near the Valley following a slew of monsoon storms this week.

The fires have accumulated into one blaze, deemed the Salt Fire, burning on the north side of Highway 188 just a few miles east of the 188/288 junction, ABC News reports.

The fire is about 2,000 acres in size and currently has no containment, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Some road closures have been put into place for firefighting efforts.

Another lightning-induced fire, the Rolls Fire, is burning in the Tonto National Forest area following storms on Tuesday evening.

According to officials, the fire is burning northeast of the Butcher Jones Recreation Area. It is estimated to be about 1,200 acres in size as of Wednesday morning.

While no evacuations have been put into place, there are some road closures and restrictions to be aware of along Bush Highway and Saguaro Lake. The lake remains open.

According to the Forest Service officials, "Firefighters are working to suppress these fires as quickly and safely as possible."

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