PHOENIX — Interstate 17 is back open in both directions after a brush fire forced closures on Friday evening.
The fire, called the Badger Springs Fire, is estimated at about 2,525 acres on Saturday evening, according to the Bureau of Land Management.
The Badger Springs Fire, located three miles south of Cordes Lake and burning east of I-17, is 45 percent contained, officials say.
The fire is believed to be human caused and is under investigation.
One hundred and eighty firefighters were battling the blaze late Saturday.
The fire was causing long northbound delays early Saturday.
I-17 northbound reopened at milepost 252 at Sunset Point and I-17 southbound reopened at milepost 259 at Blood Basin Road. The highway reopened just before 10:30 p.m. Friday night.