PHOENIX (3TV/ CBS 5) -- A brush fire, coined the Black Mesa Fire, sparked along Interstate 17 north of Phoenix and forced a freeway closure Wednesday afternoon.

[WATCH: I-17 back open after Black Mesa Fire north of Sunset Point]

The brush fire is located near Badger Springs Road, north of Sunset Point.

[VIDEO: Black Mesa Fire raging near Sunset Point]

The Arizona Department of Transportation first received a report on the fire around 4:30 p.m. The fire is now at more than 200 acres. What caused the fire is unclear at this time. 

[PHOTOS: Black Mesa Fire from day to night]

Both directions of I-17 in that area were closed. ADOT says the closures were due to the shifting of wind and heavy smoke.

[WATCH: Phoenix brush fire closes both directions of I-17 near Sunset Point]

The northbound closure was at milepost 252, about 5 miles north of Sunset Point while the southbound closure was at SR 69. 

It was very hard to see in that area, ADOT spokesman Raul Garcia said. All traffic had to exit the area. 

[WATCH: Hundreds of drivers wait out closure due to brush fire on I-17]

ADOT recommended using alternative routes like SR 89 and 69 through Prescott. Another option given was SR 260 and 87 through Payson. 

Around midnight, early Thursday morning, I-17 reopened in both directions, according to ADOT.

Refresh this page for the latest on this fire. 


Copyright 2019 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.



Recommended for you