I-17 reopens after RV fire spreads to brush

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azfamily.com

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 11:29 AM

PHOENIX -- Interstate 17 has reopened in both directions near Sunset Point north of Phoenix after a more than four-hour closure caused by a brush fire, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
 
At 6:30 p.m., both directions of the freeway were reopened. The left lane was closed in each direction for two miles, from milepost 254-256. There is no indication when those lanes would reopen.
 
The freeway had been closed from near the Sunset Point Rest Area 35 miles north of Phoenix to just south of the Cordes Junction exit at SR 69 beginning about 2 p.m.

The 100-acre fire sparked by a vehicle now is 20 percent contained.

It's caused a traffic backup for miles on one of the main routes to northern Arizona.

Black Canyon Fire Department officials say the Badger Fire was sparked about 2 p.m. Tuesday by an RV near the Sunset Point Rest Area and quickly grew due to wind gusts and dry conditions.

Television footage showed a frame of an RV still on fire with charred grass around it.

Crews worked to stop the spread of flames along both sides of the interstate.

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