Three homes, five outbuildings and several vehicles have been destroyed by the Sears Fire, which has grown to 9,200 acres northeast of Phoenix near Bartlett Lake and remains at 0% containment as of Sunday morning, according to officials.
After fire officials completed a damage assessment in the area around Sears Kay Ranch, preliminary findings showed three homes, five outbuildings or sheds and several vehicles were destroyed by the fire, according to a Tonto National Service press release on Sunday.
Firefighters first responded to the brush fire Friday afternoon near Forest Service Road 24 and Sears Kay Ranch. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Firefighters are continuing suppression operations near Humboldt Mountain and are using a combination of direct, indirect and zone protections, according to the release. This wildfire response strategy is used to protect specific assets or “highly valued resources” from the fire, the release said.
Fire crews are also constructing firelines and air support is dropping retardant and water in an attempt to contain and suppress the fire,