Lost Dutchman Fire Forces Evacuations In Apache Junction

CONSUMES 260 ACRES

APACHE JUNCTION– Fire crews in Apache Junction are working to put out a large brush fire that has closed a portion of State Route 88.

Homes on Hackamore Road near the rodeo grounds were evacuated, police said. The evacuations were lifted around 8 p.m.

The fire was moving northeast through dry brush, but crews stopped its forward progress by the time it had reached 260 acres.

Evacuations remain in place as firefighters and aircraft continue working to put out the fire.

State Route 88 was shut down from Lost Dutchman Boulevard to Hackamore Road. It was reopened around 7 p.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but the Department of Forestry and Fire Management says the fire appears to be human-caused.