Dove fire burns 1,000 acres near Surprise

Dove fire burns 1,000 acres near Surprise
The winds caused a fire in the West Valley through a rural neighborhood on Friday, which led to 1,000 acres and required firefighters to bring air support to fight the fire, officials said.

The Dove Fire began between Wittmann and Lake Pleasant, near 167th Avenue and Dove Valley Road.

An aviation officer spread over the fire and about 100 firefighters from the Bureau of Land Management and other agencies fought the fire, officials said.

The Arizona Department of Forest and Fire Management took over firefighting operations.

Shirley Childress, 68, lives on Dove Valley Road and sprayed the flames in her yard with a hose before the fire moved from her property.

"I can see the desert lit up," she said.
"It seems scary," she said. "These are our homes."

She said the fire burned the dead grass and the weeds in her yard

"I was in my yard, he went to my house, but I was in a fire," he said.

Neighbor Harry Wilson also helped neighbors fight the fire.

"He was there, carrying buckets where he started," he said.

"It started small and spread pretty fast."

Wilson said he and about 50 neighbors carry buckets to fight the fire.

At 10 o'clock at night, I could no longer see flames.

"We were worried about the animals here," he said, adding that the flames approached a horse pen. "We try to get the horses out of the way."

"I just hope it does not go south," Wilson said. 
 Summer McClellan lives 20 to 25 minutes from the fire. When he saw a lot of smoke near Loop 303

"I've heard a lot of sirens in my house that sound like they're in that direction," he said. "I only hope for the best."

The cause of the fire is unknown

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