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Brush fire near Sunset Point 70% contained, northbound I-17 lanes reopened

The fire started as a brush fire around 5:30 p.m. near Badger Springs Road on Saturday.
Credit: Anita Lum

BLACK CANYON CITY, Ariz. — The Spring Wash Fire, which started as a brush fire, near Sunset Point is 70% contained as of Saturday evening.

Crews were called to the area of I-17 near Badger Springs Road around 5:30 p.m. for a first alarm brush fire in the northbound lanes, the Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical said.

The Bureau of Land Management Arizona Fire was called to assist and was shortly able to stop the spread of the fire. 

As of Saturday night, the fire has burned 5 acres.

The fire closed the northbound lanes of the I-17 for almost two hours. They have since been reopened, according to ADOT. 

Motorists should still expect residual delays.

Driving Safety Tips: 

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) offers driving tips to help keep people safe on the road. 

"There’s always room for improvement when it comes to road safety," the department said on its website. 

ADOT's suggestions include: 

  • Don’t speed or drive aggressively 

  • Never drive while under the influence of substances 

  • Avoid distractions while driving 

  • Wear your seatbelt and make sure all passengers are doing the same 

  • When an emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, move over 

  • Stay extra aware in work zones 

  • Be prepared for weather conditions that make driving dangerous 

Find more tips on the department's Driving Safety Homepage on ADOT's website here. 

"Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511, downloading the AZ 511 app and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT," the department said. 

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