PHOENIX (FOX 10) - ADOT says the I-17 north of Sunset Point has reopened in both directions following closures due to a brush fire. Officials say the fire has now grown to more than 1,000 acres.
This latest blaze is being called the Badger Springs Fire. Officials say 3 airtankers, 3 SEATs, 5 fire engines and numerous local FDs were assigned.
We spoke with Dolores Garcia with the Bureau of Land Management to learn more.
#BadgerSpringsFire Road Closure = Bloody Basin Road at I-17. Crews are using the road as a holding feature and burning the grass adjacent to it to enhance its ability to potentially hold fire movements north. #AZFire— BLM Arizona Fire (@BLMAZFire) June 22, 2019
#BadgerSpringsFire At this time I-17 remains open both N and S. Use caution when traveling the corridor. While not impacted by this fire the potential exists for new fires if travelers are not careful. #AZFire pic.twitter.com/X0BF1NU2p6— BLM Arizona Fire (@BLMAZFire) June 22, 2019
#BadgerSpringsFire Update: Fire movement to the E/NE, no current threats to communities. Fire is burning within BLM managed lands including the Agua Fria National Monument. Closest communities: Cordes Lakes is 6 mi N of the fire and Black Canyon City 8 mi S #AZFire— BLM Arizona Fire (@BLMAZFire) June 22, 2019