‘At least 15 acres cooked’ as palm trees fuel blaze

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An aerial of the blaze [Bryan Mordt]

A fire in the Thunderbird Farms area on Saturday has burned at least 15 acres of land and continues to grow, according to officials at Thunderbird Fire Station. 

The fire, which sparked up as early as 3:30 p.m., is still burning three hours later as firefighters continue their work along North Warren Road, south of West Pima Road. 

At about 4 p.m., flames were seen getting bigger, overtaking a large number of palm trees, as passersby parked along North Ralston Road to take videos of the smoke plume. 

Video: Fire in Thunderbird Farms – YouTube

Ashes could be seen falling from the sky, just downwind of the blaze. 

More than 20 firefighters were on the scene as of 6 p.m., with a perimeter around the blaze. 

There were “at least 15 acres cooked,” according to the fire station statement. 

View an image gallery of the blaze below:

InMaricopa will update as more information becomes available.