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Wildfire closes Interstate 17 80 miles north of Phoenix

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Posted at 4:07 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 19:28:34-04

CAMPE VERDE, Ariz. (AP) — A wildfire has forced officials to close the north- and southbound lanes of Interstate 17 about 80 miles north of Phoenix.

The Arizona Department of Transporation says the fire broke out Friday afternoon just north of Camp Verde.

There's no estimated time for the highway to reopen.

Northbound I-17 is especially busy on Friday afternoons when people from metro Phoenix head to the high country for the weekend.

Alternate routes are available but they will add a substantial amount of travel time.