Lanes reopen after brush fire shut down I-17 near Cordes Lakes
CORDES LAKES, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Lanes in both directions have reopened on a major freeway for drivers heading to and from northern Arizona after a brush fire briefly closed the roads on Saturday afternoon.
The Cross Fire shut down the I-17 near Cordes Lakes between State Route 69 and State Route 169 for several hours as crews worked to battle the blaze. The fire grew to burn 20 acres along the freeway near milepost 264. The Arizona State Forestry said a horse trailer caught fire, which spread to wildland and ignited the brush fire. The fire is 50% contained as of 9 p.m., and multiple engines and helicopters are on the scene to fight the flames.
Around 7 p.m., the Arizona Department of Transportation said the north and southbound lanes are now open on the I-17 near Cordes Lake. However, the right lane of the I-17 remains blocked due to the fire.
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