Teens light fireworks, leading to fire on mountain in northwest Phoenix

The Rey Fire has grown to over 20 acres on Ludden Mountain near 67th Avenue and Happy Valley Road June 18, 2019. (Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management)

Officials said three teenagers admitted to lighting fireworks that led to a brush fire on a mountain in northwest Phoenix.

Crews from Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, and the Arizona Fire & Medical Authority responded to a second-alarm brush fire Tuesday afternoon near 67th Avenue and Happy Valley Road.

The cities of Phoenix, Glendale and Peoria surround the intersection.

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management says the fire has grown to over 20 acres as of 6 p.m. Tuesday. The fire was yards away from homes near the northeast corner of the intersection. However, no homes appeared to be immediately threatened.

The Phoenix Fire Department said crews battled the fire from multiple spots on Ludden Mountain, using brush trucks, tankers, and nearby engine companies.

“Crews¬†were able to use all of the resources to contain and eventually extinguish the fire,” Phoenix Fire stated.

Air units had been dispatched to assist, but were not needed.

Phoenix Fire stated two girls and a boy, all 16, were detained and questioned regarding the fire.

“The three teenagers admitted to lighting off fireworks which led to the brush fire igniting,” Phoenix Fire stated. “After being questioned, the three teenagers were released back into the custody of their parents.”

Authorities have determined the fire was accidental, but they are turning over their report to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for further review.

Two state land firefighters sustained minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.

“This is another reminder of the HIGH fire danger conditions that currently exist,” Phoenix Fire stated. “Please use caution and remind your children of the dangers of fire and fireworks.”

Happy Valley Road was restricted between 63rd and 67th avenues.

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