Kendrick 2 Fire burning NW of Flagstaff is 50 percent contained

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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. – A wildfire northwest of Flagstaff is 50 percent contained and firefighters anticipate full containment by Tuesday.

The Kendrick 2 Fire has burned 509 acres near Kendrick Mountain and Horseshoe Hill. It is burning in the burn scar of the 1996 Horseshoe Fire

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

A five-mile stretch of U.S. 180 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.

Smoke has diminished and the majority of firefighting efforts have moved away from the highway, according to officials with the Coconino National Forest. Drivers are urged to be cautious in the area.

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