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Northbound I-17 closed at New River because of brush fire

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Posted at 4:36 PM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 19:36:27-04

NEW RIVER, Ariz. (AP) — Northbound Interstate 17 was closed at New River north of metro Phoenix on Saturday due to a brush fire.

The state Department of Transportation said northbound traffic was backed up for miles due to the brush fire east of the freeway and that drivers should avoid the area and delay travel.

The department said there was no estimated time to reopen the northbound lanes but that southbound lanes were unaffected.

New River is 36 miles north of downtown Phoenix.