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Interstate 17 reopened after brush fire breaks out

The highway was closed near Bumble Bee due to a fire, the Arizona Department of Transportation said.
Credit: Arizona BLM

BUMBLE BEE, Ariz. — Interstate 17 southbound was reopened at about 5 p.m. Sunday after a brush fire caused a full closure Sunday afternoon.

The so-called Sunset Fire burned around 4,000 acres as of Monday afternoon, firefighters said. The fire, which is being fought by two helicopters, three hotshot crews, and several engines, sits at 40% containment as of Monday.

The northbound lanes of the freeway reopened around 10 p.m. Sunday. 

Drivers should also be aware of the 8 p.m. curfew that was placed on the state.

READ: Ducey declares 8 p.m. curfew in Arizona for one week

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