Authorities have reopened a major route through an Arizona community that barely escaped destruction when a massive wildfire swept into town.
The fire about 100 miles north of Phoenix had forced State Route 69 to be shut down, but the closure was lifted early Friday.
SR 69 has reopened between Cordes Junction at I-17 and SR 169. pic.twitter.com/wKYbPkmO2v— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) June 30, 2017
At an update on Friday, fire officials said the blaze has burned just over 25,000 acres. It remains 43 percent contained.
The blaze triggered evacuations for thousands of residents in a half-dozen communities and came close to consuming the town of Mayer.
Authorities allowed residents evacuated from Mayer back in Thursday and expect to let more return.
In addition, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office announced a number of pre-evacuation notices had been lifted, including for Orme School, Chauncey Ranch, Cross-T Ranch, and U-Cross Ranch.
The following areas are still evacuated:
• Breezy Pine
• Mountain Pine Acres
• Pine Flat
• Potato Patch
• Upper Blue Hills
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And these areas WEST of SR 69:
• Poland Junction
• SR 69 north of Mayer to Dewey/Humboldt
Officials estimated that the fire has burned a handful of homes.
The Mayer Post Office reopened Friday afternoon after being closed for three days. Dewey residents who aren't receiving mail due to the fire can pick it up at the Camp Verde Post Office.
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