Highway south of Grand Canyon reopens

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – U.S. 180 has reopened north of Flagstaff after a wildfire forced a temporary closure.

A five-mile stretch of the highway had been closed since Sunday afternoon due to smoke and fire-fighting activity. It reopened around 1 p.m. Monday.

The highway is the primary route between the Grand Canyon and Flagstaff.

The Kendrick 2 Fire has burned 509 acres about 20 miles northwest of Flagstaff and is 50 percent contained. Crews anticipate having the fire fully contained by Tuesday.

Smoke has diminished and the majority of firefighting efforts have moved away from the highway, according to officials with the Coconino National Forest.

However, drivers are urged to be cautious because smoke and firefighters are still in the area.

The fire is believed to be human caused but is still under investigation.

The Coconino National Forest has responded to several human-caused fires recently and investigators are asking anyone with information to call 928-527-3558.