Highway south of Grand Canyon remains closed

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- A northern Arizona highway that is the primary route between the Grand Canyon and Flagstaff remains closed because of a wildfire.

A five-mile stretch of US 180 north of Flagstaff was closed to traffic Sunday due to smoke and fire-fighting activity.

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises motorists traveling south from the Grand Canyon to take State Route 64 to Interstate 40. From there, drivers going to Flagstaff or Interstate 17 should head east.

It's not known how long the closure will continue.

The fire has burned 200 acres and Coconino National Forest officials anticipate it'll grow to 500 acres. The fire was 25 percent contained as of Sunday night.

Cause of the fire remains under investigation but forest officials say it was human-caused.

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Fire closes part of highway south of Grand Canyon

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Transportation officials say a brush fire has caused a closure on a highway that is the primary route between the Grand Canyon and Flagstaff.

The Arizona Department of Transportation said Sunday that a 2-mile stretch of US 180 was closed to traffic in both directions due to a fire north of Flagstaff.

The agency advised motorists traveling south from the Grand Canyon to take State Route 64 to Interstate 40 in the Williams area. From there, drivers going to Flagstaff or Interstate 17 should head east.

How long the closure will remain is uncertain.

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