Highway 87 to reopen Monday

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© (Courtesy: Coconino National Forest) Smoke on Highway 87 near the Canyon Fire © (Courtesy: Coconino National Forest) Smoke on Highway 87 near the Canyon Fire

Highway 87 into and out of Winslow is scheduled to be reopened Monday as firefighters continue to battle a wildfire about 15 miles northeast of Blue Ridge Reservoir, fire officials said.

Officials said Highway 87 will likely be reopened about 9 a.m. Monday.

Firefighters said the Canyon Fire, which started Friday in the Jacks Canyon area near Highway 87, has grown to about 6,000 acres.

Firefighters are asking drivers to travel at safe speeds, watch for firefighters and their operations and not to stop on the highway to take pictures.

Firefighters said the fire was burning toward the northeast in juniper, pinyon and Ponderosa pine. They said as the fire burns further north its growth will slow as it burns into light foliage and grass.

Firefighters said they made progress suppressing the southern flanks of the fire to protect nearby residents Sunday, officials said.

The incident command team said the fire was 25 percent contained are they are hoping to have the fire mostly contained by the end of the week.

Officials said firefighting costs for the fire have reached $300,000.

No evacuations have been ordered and no buildings are threatened, fire officials said.

There were four crews, five engines, two water tenders, air attack aircraft, two helicopters and two bulldozers working to put out the fire Sunday.

Firefighters said the fire was caused by lightning.

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