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Phoenix – A brush fire that quickly spread to about 1,500 acres in the desert hills north of Phoenix early Monday was threatening the town of Cave Creek.

The fire came within about 100 yards of houses and forced the evacuation of as many as 150 homes, according to the Daisy Mountain Fire & Medical Department.

Hot and windy weather were posing challenges to containment of the wildfire, Fire Chief Brian Tobin said.

About 400 firefighters were trying to put out blaze. No homes burned as of Monday morning, azfamily.com reported.

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