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Brush fire in north Phoenix burns 1,200 acres

Date: 6/23/2017 10:22:00 AM

The brush fire also closed Loop 303 westbound at I-17, ADOT said. Both transition ramps from Loop 101 to northbound I-17 were closed, as was SR 74 eastbound at Lake Pleasant Parkway. According to authorities, more than 100 people worked to put out the blaze

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Stout's Meier making a splash with water skiing team

Chippewa Herald

Date: 6/23/2017 8:24:00 AM

The Chain Skimmers, based on Lake Pleasant in north central Wisconsin, perform three shows a week — Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday — beginning Memorial Day weekend, running through the Labor Day weekend. "I have been going to the shows ever since I was

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Brush fire shuts down Interstate 17, burns 1,200 acres in north Phoenix

ABC 15 Taking Action

Date: 6/23/2017 12:31:00 AM

Westbound Loop 303 remains closed between the I-17 and Lake Pleasant Parkway as of 7:40 p.m. Officials said around 7 p.m. that the fire had grown to 1,200-acres but has since been contained. No homes or buildings were threatened, but Arizona Game and Fish

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Erie-area weekend fishing report, June 23-25


Date: 6/22/2017 11:08:00 PM

Some nice smallmouth bass, perch, a few bluegill and an occasional walleye have been caught from the South Pier. Anglers at Lake Pleasant have been catching bluegill and trout. Weed growth has made shore fishing very difficult at Eaton Reservoir

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Crews battling brush fire along a freeway in north Phoenix

Date: 6/22/2017 7:29:00 PM

Officials say as of 4 p.m., the fire is 80 acres and is still "spreading rapidly". Loop 303 westbound is closed from I-17 to Lake Pleasant Parkway. Drivers drivers were encouraged to use alternate routes, including State Route 74, though the eastbound SR

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• River: Agua Fria River
• Length: 114 Miles
• Surface Area: 9,222 Acres
• Volume: 688,500 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 1,459 Square Miles
Lake Pleasant, one of the important artificial reservoirs surrounding the Phoenix metropolitan area. Created by the Waddell (Pleasant) Dam, which was finished in 1927, the lake originally had a surface area of 3,700 acres and served as a private irrigation project. At 76 feet high and 2,160 feet long, the original Waddell Dam was, at its completion, the largest agricultural dam project in the world. The lake was filled by the Agua Fria River, capturing a large watershed throughout Yavapai County.

Construction of the Central Arizona Project Aqueduct, which began in 1973, soon diverted water from the Colorado River to the lake, converting the lake from an agricultural project into a storage reservoir for the project. Completed in 1994, the New Waddell Dam tripled the surface area of the lake, submerging the old dam beneath its waters. Shortly after the completion of the dam, the area experienced a prolonged drought, and while the lake grew considerably it would not reach full capacity until early 2005. Although still fed by the Agua Fria River, the CAP aqueduct is the primary source of water for the reservoir.

Lake Pleasant is used as a major water sports recreation center for the Phoenix metro area, as well as serving as an important storage reservoir for the rapidly growing region. A number of boat docks and beach access make the lake a popular destination for scuba diving, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, windsurfing and other water sports.
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